Orthopedic Coding Alert

Reader Questions: Removal of External Fixator

- Published on Mon, Nov 01, 1999
Question: We are having a problem receiving reimbursement for removal of external fixator (20694). Weve called Blue Cross/Blue Shield Inquiry Department and they say this should be a payable procedure, but we still havent received payment for this procedure code.

Debbie Hill
Lansing, MI

Answer: Unfortunately, if you are the practice that placed the fixator, you may not bill for removal, because it is included in the global for the original procedure.

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