AMA CPT® Assistant - 1996 Issue 10 (October)

Musculoskeletal, 20816 (Q&A) (October 1996)

October 1996 page 11 Coding Consultation Musculoskeletal, 20816 (Q&A) Question Should I use the replantation codes to report the replacement of a fingertip? AMA Comment Fingertip repair does not require all of the work involved in the replantation of a digit as described by code 20816, Replantation, digit, excluding thumb (includes metacar-pophalangeal joint to insertion of flexor sublimis tendon), complete amputation. Replantation describes the complete reattachment of a digit and includes the repair of blood vessels, nerves, muscle, ligament, and tendon repair, as well as any other necessary bone repair. Replacing the tip of a digit does not...

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