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    Default Bone Growth Stimulators

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    Please help, is there a code for the reading of a bone growth stimulator? The provider is stating that it should be billed with CPT 20974-58. According to my CPT book this is elictrial stimulation to aid bone healing, noninvasive. The patient actually had a stimulator implanted the device code is E0748, and the provider's office is stating that they are reading the device 10 times. I can not find an appropriate code for this.

    Thanks for your help
    Melony Reed CPC

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    I am "bumping" this to the top of the list. If no one can locate a code for this please let me know that as well.

    I really apppreciate the help
    Melony Reed CPC

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    "The physician performs electrical stimulation of bone. The physician places electrodes over the skin surface along the region of a fracture or defect and administers a low voltage current. This is a non-surgical technique used to stimulate bone healing. "

    Here is the lay description from Encoder for 20974. I not familiar with billing these but this sounds like it is for the actual stimulation, I agree with you in questioning if there was not stimulation performed during the encounter that reading would not be separately reportable service. There does not seem to be a code for analysis of the device.

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