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Orthopedic Coding Alert

Unlisted Procedures:

No Exact CPT® Code? Then, Use an Unlisted Code instead

Tip: Including an explanation in the op note will streamline your claim. Suppose an operative note lands on your desk where an orthopedic surgeon describes a laminotomy and excision of herniated thoracic disc. When you consult your coding manual, you find the only thoracic codes correspond to transpedicular or costovertebral approach. So what should you do? Solution: Turn to an [...]