AMA CPT® Assistant - 2009 Issue 7 (July)

Surgery/Musculoskeletal System (July 2009)

July 2009 page 10c Surgery: Musculoskeletal System, 26860, 26861 (Q&A) Question: Is CPT code 26860, Arthrodesis, interphalangeal joint, with or without internal fixation, reported more than once if performed on different fingers? Or is code 26860 reported once and then add-on code 26861, Arthrodesis, interphalangeal joint, with or without internal fixation; each additional interphalangeal joint (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure), reported for the second, third, fourth, etc. interphalangeal arthrodesis, if performed on the same or different fingers? Answer: It is appropriate to report CPT code 26860 for the first interphalangeal joint fusion. Any subsequent...

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