AMA CPT® Assistant - 2007 Issue 12 (December)

Surgery: Musculoskeletal System (December 2007)

December 2007 page 7a Coding Communication:Surgery: Musculoskeletal System Question: I reported CPT code 21453, Closed treatment of mandibular fracture with interdental fixation, for a closed treatment of mandibular fracture with interdental fixation using arch bars. I am unable to locate a specific code for arch bar removal. Can I report CPT code 20670, Removal of implant; superficial (eg, buried wire, pin or rod) (separate procedure), for the subsequent removal of the arch bars? Or is there a more appropriate code that I should report? Answer: It is appropriate to report code 20670 for arch bar removal. Third-party payers may...

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