tci Outpatient Facility Coding Alert - 2014 Issue 6

You Be the Coder: Know the Anatomy to Report 20605

Question: A patient in our clinic was administered injection on the lateral epicondyle. Should we code 20605? New York Subscriber Answer: If the injection is administered on the lateral epicondyle, you should report 20551 (Injection[s]; single tendon origin/insertion). Note: The lateral epicondyle is a tendon origin, not a bursa. The descriptor for 20605 (Arthrocentesis, aspiration and/or injection; intermediate joint or bursa [e.g., temporomandibular, acromioclavicular, wrist, elbow or ankle, olecranon bursa]) does refer to the elbow, but it also specifies a bursa or joint injection, which your physician did not perform. When you can use 20605: If the physician...

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