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Toenail

Coding

Multiple Ingrown Nail Surgeries

by Dr. Michael Warshaw, DPM, CPC

“Outpatient surgery was performed at a surgical center. We billed Blue Cross for CPT 11750 (T5) and CPT 11730 x 3 (T2, T7, T9). But they only paid CPT 11750. And the denial reasons are: ARV – Quantity billed exceeds CMS medically unlikely edits (MUE) limit. Rebill within MUE limit if appropriate. 222 – Exceeds the contracted maximum number of hours/days/units by this provider for this period. This is not patient specific. Usage: refer to the 835 healthcare policy identification segment, if present. So my question is, what is the limit to bill for ingrown nail surgery?”
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Coding

CPT 11730 Denials

by Dr. Michael Warshaw, DPM, CPC

“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.”
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