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Old 08-11-2009, 08:00 PM
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I am taking a billing and coding class so I am totally new to the wonderful world of coding. A question arose tonight - how to code joint replacement of an index finger. The complete text reads as follows:

Mr. Rappaport has been diagnosed with severe osteoarthritis in the joints of his fingers. The physician performs a joint replacement of the index finger. What is the code?

No one in class can agree on it - if anyone can help, we would all appreciate it.

Thank you.
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Old 08-12-2009, 01:58 AM
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ICD code should be V43.69
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Old 08-12-2009, 06:13 AM
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I am taking a billing and coding class so I am totally new to the wonderful world of coding. A question arose tonight - how to code joint replacement of an index finger. The complete text reads as follows:

Mr. Rappaport has been diagnosed with severe osteoarthritis in the joints of his fingers. The physician performs a joint replacement of the index finger. What is the code?

No one in class can agree on it - if anyone can help, we would all appreciate it.

Thank you.
ICD-9 or CPT?
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Old 08-17-2009, 01:47 PM
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I work for a hand surgeon and this is a common procedure in our practice. The correct CPT code would be 26535 (arthroplasty interphalangeal joint; each joint). If the joint is replaced by a prosthetic implant it would be 26536.
Hope this is of some help. Good luck!

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UHC denied 26536 as unproven. Has anyone had success getting this code paid?

Thanks!!!
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