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    Question Help! Foreign Body Finger Nail

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    Can Anyone Help Me With This? We Had A Pt Came In For
    Finger Nail Was Puncture By A Sewing Machine Needle. Pt Looked
    Away While Sewing And Pt Finer Went Under The Needle.
    The Dr Raised The Finger Nail And Then Cut About Half Way Down
    And Looked For A Broken Needle Under Finger Nail, Instead He
    Found The Thread And He Removed It. The Doctor Used As Dx
    Pain In Hand And For Procedure Wrote Removal Of Foreign Body Of Finger. Please Give A Procedure Code.

    Thank You All In Advance

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    Join Date
    Apr 2007

    Default Removal Of Foreign Body Of Finger

    Take Cpt 26080 is removal of foreign body removal finger .

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    Join Date
    Apr 2007


    26080 is for an actual arthrotomy. By your description I think that the 26080 is too extensive. Please look at 10120 so see if it meets your needs and documentation.

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    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Milwaukee WI

    Default Not 26080

    I agree w/ mbort ... 26080 is in the joint, so that is not the correct code.
    Can't tell from your description ... did he avulse the nail plate?
    Look at 11730 and 10120 to see if either of them fits what was documented.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC

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