tci Outpatient Facility Coding Alert - 2014 Issue 9

You Be the Coder: Rightfully Flex Your Flexor Digitorum Codes

Question: A patient lacerated both the flexor digitorum superficialis and the flexor digitorum profundus tendons in her finger. Both are in zone 2; how should we code the repair? Texas Subscriber Answer: The correct code for the procedure is 26356 (Repair or advancement, flexor tendon, in zone 2 digital flexor tendon sheath [e.g., no man’s land]; primary, without free graft, each tendon), and you can report it for each tendon.   Remember: Follow your payer’s reporting requirements to determine whether to report 26356 as a single line item with two units of service, or report as...

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