CPT Code 21026

CPT code 21026 is a medical code used to describe the surgical excision of facial bone(s).

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What is CPT Code 21026

CPT code 21026 is for the surgical procedure involving the removal (excision) of one or more bones in the face. This code is used by healthcare providers to document and bill for this specific type of surgery.

Does CPT 21026 Need a Modifier?

When billing for CPT code 21026 (Excision of facial bone(s)), it is essential to consider the appropriate use of modifiers to ensure accurate reimbursement and compliance with payer requirements. Below is a list of potential modifiers that could be used with CPT code 21026, along with the reasons for their use:

1. Modifier 22 (Increased Procedural Services)
- Use this modifier if the procedure required significantly greater effort or complexity than typically required. Documentation must support the increased complexity.

2. Modifier 50 (Bilateral Procedure)
- Apply this modifier if the excision of facial bones was performed bilaterally during the same operative session.

3. Modifier 51 (Multiple Procedures)
- Use this modifier when multiple procedures, including CPT code 21026, are performed during the same surgical session. This helps indicate that more than one procedure was performed.

4. Modifier 52 (Reduced Services)
- This modifier is appropriate if the procedure was partially reduced or eliminated at the physician's discretion. Documentation should support the reason for the reduction.

5. Modifier 59 (Distinct Procedural Service)
- Use this modifier to indicate that the procedure was distinct or independent from other services performed on the same day. This is often used to bypass National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) edits.

6. Modifier 62 (Two Surgeons)
- Apply this modifier if two surgeons worked together as primary surgeons, each performing distinct parts of the procedure.

7. Modifier 76 (Repeat Procedure by Same Physician)
- Use this modifier if the same physician performed the procedure more than once on the same day.

8. Modifier 77 (Repeat Procedure by Another Physician)
- This modifier is used if a different physician performed the same procedure on the same day.

9. Modifier 78 (Unplanned Return to the Operating/Procedure Room by the Same Physician Following Initial Procedure for a Related Procedure During the Postoperative Period)
- Apply this modifier if the patient required an unplanned return to the operating room for a related procedure during the postoperative period.

10. Modifier 79 (Unrelated Procedure or Service by the Same Physician During the Postoperative Period)
- Use this modifier if the procedure was performed during the postoperative period of another procedure but is unrelated to the original procedure.

11. Modifier 80 (Assistant Surgeon)
- This modifier is used when an assistant surgeon is required for the procedure.

12. Modifier 81 (Minimum Assistant Surgeon)
- Apply this modifier if an assistant surgeon was required for a minimal portion of the procedure.

13. Modifier 82 (Assistant Surgeon (when qualified resident surgeon not available))
- Use this modifier when an assistant surgeon is necessary, and a qualified resident surgeon is not available.

14. Modifier AS (Physician Assistant, Nurse Practitioner, or Clinical Nurse Specialist Services for Assistant at Surgery)
- This modifier is used when a non-physician practitioner assists in the surgery.

Proper use of these modifiers ensures accurate billing and helps avoid claim denials or delays. Always refer to the latest coding guidelines and payer-specific requirements when applying modifiers.

CPT Code 21026 Medicare Reimbursement

Medicare reimbursement for CPT code 21026, which pertains to the excision of facial bone(s), depends on several factors including the medical necessity of the procedure, the setting in which it is performed, and the specific Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) policies in your region. Generally, Medicare does cover medically necessary surgical procedures, including those involving the excision of facial bones, provided that the documentation supports the necessity of the procedure.

To determine the exact reimbursement amount for CPT code 21026, you would need to refer to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) or contact your local MAC. The reimbursement amount can vary based on geographic location and other factors. For a precise figure, healthcare providers should consult the latest MPFS or use the Medicare Fee Schedule Lookup Tool available on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) website.

In summary, while Medicare does reimburse for CPT code 21026 under appropriate circumstances, the exact amount can be obtained by consulting the MPFS or your local MAC.

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