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Podiatry Coding & Billing Alert

Readers Query:

Don't Confuse Between Similar Toenail Removal Procedures

Question: A patient had an ingrown toenail removed, but it was not a permanent removal. A digital block was performed for both an anesthetic and for postop pain. Should I use CPT® code 11730 or 11750? Would the digital block be considered inclusive?  New York Subscriber Answer: According to your description, you should use 11730 (Avulsion of nail plate, partial or complete, [...]