AMA CPT® Assistant - 1997 Issue 3 (March)

Musculoskeletal, 21196 (Q&A) (March 1997)

March 1997 page 11 Coding Consultation Musculoskeletal, 21196 (Q&A) Question Does code 21196, Reconstruction of mandibular rami and/or body, sagittal split, with internal rigid fixation, refer to a single side or bilateral procedure? AMA Comment Prior to 1996, code 21196 was considered a unilateral procedure, as the descriptor stated ramus. However, in 1996 the descriptor was changed to rami, therefore indicating that code 21196 is inherently bilateral. No bilateral modifier is used. Musculoskeletal, 21196 (Q&A). CPT® Assistant. 1997; March 1997 page 11 ...

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