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    I need some coding assistance. Our pain management CRNA injected a scalp bone flap (using fluoro), but I am not sure which injection code to use. Can anyone help?

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    What was the diagnosis used for the procedure? Can you copy and paste a portion of the procedure note?

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    She's diagnosing with 784.0 (headache) and 726.90 (enthesopathy, site NOS); her notes state: injected scalp bone flap with fluoro, and: treating: pain, paraesthesia left temporal parietal scalp at an anyeurism operative site. Thanks for your help.

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    I am not aware of category 1 code that would describe this. I think if I was billing for the procedure I would use an unlisted code. Below is not your scenario but a post surgery injection from AMA CPT Assistant Sept 2010

    Surgery: Nervous System

    Question:The patient has postmastectomy pain in the scar tissue area and not in the muscle. An injection was performed into the scar tissue of the chest area using a mixture of triamcinolone topical, lidocaine with epinephrine, and bupivacaine hydrochloride with epinephrine. What CPT code should be reported for this procedure?

    Answer:Injection of painful scar tissue is reported using CPT code 64999,Unlisted procedure, nervous system.
    When reporting an unlisted code to describe a procedure or service, it is necessary to submit supporting documentation (eg, procedure report) along with the claim to provide an adequate description of the nature, extent, and need for the procedure, and the time, effort, and equipment necessary to provide the service.

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    Thank you, dwaldman. I appreciate your advice!

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