Pain Management Coding Alert

Reader Question:
Get Anatomy Right on Finger Arthroplasties

Question: Notes indicate that the PM physician performed arthro­plasty of a patient’s finger joint. What is the correct code for this service? Minnesota Subscriber Answer: The correct code will depend on two questions: Did the provider use a prosthetic implant during the encounter? What is the specific anatomy of the arthroplasty? When the provider performs arthroplasty on a patient’s metacarpophalangeal [...]