AMA CPT® Assistant - 2007 Issue 9 (September)

Surgery: Musculoskeletal System (September 2007)

September 2007 page 10 Coding Communication:Surgery: Musculoskeletal System Question Is it appropriate to report code 20950, Monitoring of interstitial fluid pressure (includes insertion of device, eg, wick catheter technique, needle manometer technique) in detection of muscle compartment syndrome, for monitoring and detection of intra-abdominal compartment syndrome? AMA Comment No, code 20950 is reported only for musculoskeletal compartment measurements and not intra-abdominal. The unlisted code 49999, Unlisted procedure, abdomen, peritoneum and omentum, should be reported for monitoring and detection of intra-abdominal compartment syndrome. When reporting an unlisted code to describe a procedure or service, it is necessary to submit supporting...

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