AMA CPT® Assistant - 2002 Issue 11 (November)

Surgery Musculoskeletal System (November 2002)

November 2002 page 10 Coding Consultation:Questions and Answers Musculoskeletal System, 21470 (Q&A) Question If a physician performs an open reduction and internal fixation of the left mandibular angle fracture and the right mandibular body fracture, should code 21470 be reported one time or two times for this scenario? AMA Comment From a CPT coding perspective, CPT code 21470, Open treatment of complicated mandibular fracture by multiple surgical approaches including internal fixation, interdental fixation, and/or wiring of dentures or splints, is a unilateral procedure code. Therefore, if a bilateral procedure is performed, modifier '-50,' Bilateral procedure, should be...

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