Neurology & Pain Management Coding Alert

You Be the Coder: Choosing for Trochanteric Bursa Injection

- Published on Thu, Jun 09, 2011

Question: How should I code injection of trochanteric bursa and sacral crest? My physician wants to use a trigger point code, but I disagree.

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Answer: The CPT code for the trochanteric bursa injection is 20610 (Arthrocentesis, aspiration and/or injection; major joint or bursa [e.g., shoulder, hip, knee joint, subacromial bursa]).

It's likely that either 20550 (Injection[s]; single tendon sheath, or ligament, aponeurosis [e.g., plantar "fascia"]) or 20551 (... single tendon origin/insertion) applies to the sacral crest injection, but you may want to check with the physician before you actually file the claim.

Because the sacrum has many ligament and tendon attachments, it's possible that he could be injecting those structures rather than a muscle at the sacral crest.

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