AMA CPT® Assistant - 2008 Issue 2 (February)

Surgery: Musculoskeletal System (February 2008)

February 2008 page 8c Surgery: Musculoskeletal System, 20555 (Q&A) Question: Why was code 20555 established for CPT 2008? Answer: CPT code 20555, Placement of needles or catheters into muscle and/or soft tissue for subsequent interstitial radioelement application (at the time of or subsequent to the procedure), was established because (1) this has become a more widely utilized modality of therapy for these locations and (2) the CPT code set contained no codes that described surgical placement of needles or catheters for interstitial radioelement application for body sites other than prostate, breast, and bronchus. Surgery: Musculoskeletal System, 20555 (Q&...

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