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Orthopedic Coding Alert


In the Orthopedic Coding Alert, March 2014, the article entitled, “Knees: Confront Medication, Diagnoses, and E/M Challenges for Hyaluronic Acid Injections”says, “Global watch:  Code 20610 has a 10-day global period.” This is incorrect. Code  20610 (Arthrocentesis, aspiration, and/or injection; major joint or bursa [e.g., shoulder, hip, knee joint, subacromial bursa]) has a 0-day global period, not 10. Practitioners often schedule [...]