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Coding

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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Coding

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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