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CPT codes 20985-20987

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    Default CPT codes 20985-20987
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    I am for examples on when to use these codes. Our ortho doc uses a mini c-arm during surgery. Are these codes used to report that?
    Thanks

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    yes they are. Since they are "add on" codes, make sure that you are billing an approved primary procedure (there are a ton of them). These codes are also -51 exempt.

    (I just put a memo out on this to my docs today as a matter of fact because they werent documenting image-less or obtained images)

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    Thanks! Is there a appendix or a list of approved primary procedures for this or do I need to check the CCI edits each time? I too will need to have the docs tell me if it was image or image-less

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    Quote Originally Posted by kari2007 View Post
    Thanks! Is there a appendix or a list of approved primary procedures for this or do I need to check the CCI edits each time? I too will need to have the docs tell me if it was image or image-less
    I use Encoder Pro which has the list provided there. If you dont have this available, then I would use the CCI edits

    I do not see an appendix or even a reference in the CPT book for that matter as to where to find this list (thats kinda dumb on CPT's part..pardon the dig).

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