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    Question 27620 & 20680 - Bundled?

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    I work for an ASC and we out source our coding. Our Coding company coded a 27620 - Arthrotomy, ankle, with joint exploration, with or without biopsy, with or without removal of loose or foreign body; & 20680 - Removal of implant; deep (eg buried wire, pin, screw, metal band, nail, rod or plate). Correct me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't the removal of implant be bundled w/ 27620 and be considered removal of foreign body? or would I need to append modifier -59?

    Thank you!
    Jennifer DeWitte, CPC, CPC-P, CPB
    Newport Center Surgical
    Coding & Billing Department

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    do you have the dictation so I can read how this was documented then I will have an answer for you.

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