“We have billed CPT 11730 for all 10 nails using the appropriate toe modifiers. Anthem Blue Cross paid for five of the toes but is denying the other five. The denial comes back with CO-222 (Exceeds the contracted maximum number of hours/days/units by this provider for this period. This is not patient specific.) Please advise.”
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act suspended the payment adjustment percentage of 2% applied to all Medicare Fee-For-Service (FFS) claims from May 1 through December 31. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, signed into law on December 27, extends the suspension period to March 31, 2021
“I am excising a wound on top of the foot (not on the bottom) and opening up to expose a Brodie abscess of the cuboid. Following this, I will be curetting the abscess from the bone to promote bleeding of the bone and filling it with an allograft bone putty impregnated with antibiotics. I am considering using these following CPT codes 28107 and CPT 15999. Is CPT 15999 correct to use for a wound on top of the foot? "
“In a nursing home, if you are rendering a service where the E/M is a systemic condition and separately identifiable, can you bill the E/M code and the procedure? I believe you cannot. My biller and a webinar speaker both feel that you can. Their thought is that as long as you have different diagnoses for the office/nursing home visit and routine foot care, it will be allowable. For example, you could bill E/M 99307, CPT 11056, and CPT 11721 and the diagnosis codes are G20 (Parkinsons), L84 (corns and calluses), I73.89 (PVD), B35.1 (mycotic nails), M79.674 and M79.675 (pain toes). I would put the G20 on the E/M 99307, L84 and I73.89 on CPT 11056 and B35.1 and M79.674, M79.675 on CPT 11721. Any thoughts on this issue would be helpful.”