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Removal of Implant code 20680

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    We have a surgery scheduled for removal of a plate and 4 screws (Oral Surgery, Jaw). Using code 20680, is it reported only once for the removal of the plate and 4 screws, or do you report for each piece removed? I think it's once, but my oral surgeon wanted me to verify. Thanks for any assistance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tracey224 View Post
    We have a surgery scheduled for removal of a plate and 4 screws (Oral Surgery, Jaw). Using code 20680, is it reported only once for the removal of the plate and 4 screws, or do you report for each piece removed? I think it's once, but my oral surgeon wanted me to verify. Thanks for any assistance!
    you would only bill it once.

    Good aaos article june 2004 bulletin regarding this.

    ex: if you billed orif trimal fx - then all hardware removal related to that fx is billed only 1 time, even though different locations (medial /lateral/post)

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    Thanks for the quick reply, and confirming my thoughts. The article was helpful. Again thanks for your assistance!

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