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Lisfranc Amputation and Revision

by Dr. Michael Warshaw, DPM, CPC

“On February 11, a patient has a transmetatarsal amputation. The patient is a non-compliant, diabetic. The site deteriorates weeks after he leaves the hospital. On March 24, he was readmitted for an infected at the amputation site. On March 26, the remaining 5 metatarsals stumps are removed, and the wound is kept open. How would you recommend coding for the 2nd surgery? What is the code for removing the 5 remaining metatarsal stumps?”
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The Basics of L3260

by Dr. Michael Warshaw, DPM, CPC

“I am reading conflicting information regarding the dispensing of a post-operative/cast shoe. Medicare never seems to pay for this but commercial carriers usually do. I am reading that this shoe is NOT separately payable when it is dispensed in conjunction with a surgical procedure code. You cannot have the patient sign an ABN and charge the patient for the shoe. Please clarify the dos and don’ts of using the L3260 HCPCS code.”
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Akin and an Implant

by Dr. Michael Warshaw, DPM, CPC

“I have a patient who will undergo a Cartiva implant procedure for hallux limitus/rigidus at the 1st metatarsophalangeal joint. He also has lateral deviation of his hallux on the same foot and an Akin osteotomy will be performed to address this deformity. Should the Akin osteotomy be billed as a separate procedure or is that considered unbundling?”
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Problems With Prior Hardware

by Dr. Michael Warshaw, DPM, CPC

“We are having difficulty with a denial when combining CPT 28320 and CPT 20680. CPT 20680 is being rejected as unbundling. According to CCI edits, CPT 28320 is a Column 1 code and CPT 20680 is a Column 2 code and they are allowed. The surgeon removed hardware from a prior surgery performed by a different surgeon not associated with the practice then repaired a non-union and applied new fixation. Is the removal of prior hardware actually included in CPT code 28320? If not, what modifier should be used if it is the same incision/surgical site as the non-union repair?”
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Coding Pearls: Unsuccessful Hardware Removal

by Dr. Michael G. Warshaw, DPM, CPC

“I attempted to remove a screw under local anesthesia in the office setting that was placed during a bunion correction about 10 yrs ago. I was unsuccessful and the patient will need to undergo the procedure in the operating room. How would I bill this visit? It was a new patient to the office.”
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