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    Default Cpt 26210 with cpt 26160

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    The surgeon excised a mucous cyst of the distal interphalangeal joint, left middle finger (26160-F2). Through the same incision she also used a rongeur to remove an osteophyte on a phalange and "smoothed the dorsal aspect of the joint with a rasp". Can we also code 26210? Our software is giving mixed messages about the bundling of these codes?

    Thanks for your help.

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    Per 2012 AAOS when billing a mucoid DIP cyst 26160 is not INCLUDING excsion of osteophyte/bone spur 26210 as it did in the past.

    Medicare still shows 26210 w/ 26160 bundling....

    If following AAOS no 59 modifier needed.....?

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    Can you post the link to the AAOS 2012 that indicates this information?

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