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WHICH IS CODE IS CORRECT?

Mary Posted Wed 11th of January, 2017 10:29:01 AM
AFTER PERFORMING A CABBAGE WE CLOSE THE STERNUM WITH PLATES DUE TO THE PATIENT BEING OBESE. WHAT CODE DO WE USE?
SuperCoder Answered Thu 12th of January, 2017 01:58:22 AM

Hi,

Sternal closure, regardless of how it is performed (e.g., wires, plates), is considered part of the primary procedure when a sternal approach is used as the method of exposure and should not be separately reported or billed.

When sternal closure is performed as the only procedure (e.g., due to fracture, trauma, or other injury), the closure may be reported with code 21825 - Open treatment of sternum fracture with or without skeletal fixation

Thanks

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