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A Single Code Might Suffice for Arthrocentesis and Injection

Question: If our physician is performing an arthrocentesis procedure and injects a steroid during the same session, can both the procedures be separately reported? If so, what codes should be used to report each procedure? Michigan Subscriber Answer: An arthrocentesis procedure will involve your physician inserting a needle into a joint and aspirating fluid from the joint. Sometimes, he might inject some [...]

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