AAPC - Back to school
Results 1 to 3 of 3

Thread: CPT Code 00400

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2007

    Default CPT Code 00400

    AAPC: Back to School

    I have a question about CPT code 00400. Surgery was performed for an incision and drainage, left middle finger flexor tendon sheath. The anesthesiologist is billing with 00400, when I look at this code in the CPT book, it is under the heading of "Thorax (chest wall and shoulder girdle)". But the description of the code states for anesthesia on the integumentary system on the extremities, anterior trunk and perineum; not otherwise specified.

    I normally do not work with anesthesia codes all that often, and am confused as to why this code would be billed for a finger surgery when it is listed under "Thorax/Chest wall". Is it appropriate to bill for the finger because the description does state "integumentary system on the extremities"?

    Any help/advice would be appreciated!


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2007


    I was looking what cpt for the procedure you would use I saw 26020 which corresponds to 01810.

  3. #3


    yes i agree, 01810. The surgery is on the tendon not the skin so it would not be 00400.

Similar Threads

  1. CPT code 99050 vs CPT code 99051
    By Rperry in forum Compliance General Discussion
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 10-29-2014, 09:52 AM
  2. CPT code 45380 or CPT code 45383
    By NESmith in forum Gastroenterology
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 12-31-2013, 07:15 AM
  3. Coding ER Cpt code or outpatient cpt code
    By tkd in forum Emergency Department
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 02-17-2012, 08:53 AM
  4. Overread CPT code 76140 vs Original CPT code
    By nperry@umc.edu in forum Medical Coding General Discussion
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 06-23-2011, 07:19 AM
  5. Inguinal lymphadenectomy 00400??
    By eortega in forum Anesthesia
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 10-02-2009, 05:29 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts

Enjoying Our Forums?

AAPC forums are a benefit of membership. Joining AAPC grants you unlimited access, allowing you to post questions and participate with our community of over 150,000 professionals.

Join Now Continue Reading Without Full Access

Already a Member?


Close Message

In addition to full participation on AAPC forums, as a member you will be able to:

  • Access to the largest healthcare job database in the world.
  • Join over 150,000 members of the healthcare network in the world.
  • Be a part of an industry leading organization that drives the business side of healthcare.
  • Save anywhere from 10%-50% with exclusive member discounts on courses, books, study materials, and conferences.
  • Access to discounts at hundreds of restaurants, travel destinations, retail stores, and service providers. AAPC members also have opportunities to save on heath, life, and liability insurance.
  • Become a member of a local chapter and attend regular meetings.