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Orthopedic Coding Alert

You Be the Coder:

Check Out Whether Unlisted-Procedure Codes Have Global Days

Question: I was wondering, does Medicare assign a global period for unlisted-procedure codes? For instance, if our orthopedic surgeon performs a core decompression of the femoral head, and we report 27299, can we charge for a follow-up office visit 30 days later? Montana Subscriber Answer: National Medicare policy, as reflected in the Physician Fee Schedule database, does not establish a formal global [...]