CPT Code 21047

CPT code 21047 is a medical billing code for the excision of a lower jaw cyst with repair.

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What is CPT Code 21047

CPT code 21047 is used for the surgical procedure that involves the excision (removal) of a cyst from the lower jaw, followed by the necessary repair of the area. This code specifically indicates that both the removal of the cyst and the subsequent repair work are included in the procedure.

Does CPT 21047 Need a Modifier?

When billing for CPT code 21047 (Excise lower jaw cyst with repair), 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 21047, along with the reasons for their use:

1. Modifier 22 - Increased Procedural Services
- Use this modifier if the procedure required significantly more work than typically required. This could be due to factors such as the size or location of the cyst, or complications that arose during the procedure.

2. Modifier 51 - Multiple Procedures
- Apply this modifier if multiple procedures were performed during the same surgical session. This indicates that more than one procedure was carried out, which may affect reimbursement.

3. Modifier 52 - Reduced Services
- Use this modifier if the procedure was partially reduced or eliminated at the physician's discretion. This could occur if the full extent of the planned procedure was not necessary.

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

5. Modifier 62 - Two Surgeons
- Apply this modifier if two surgeons were required to perform the procedure together due to its complexity. Each surgeon should report their distinct operative work.

6. Modifier 76 - Repeat Procedure by Same Physician
- Use this modifier if the same physician needs to repeat the procedure on the same day or within a short period due to complications or recurrence.

7. Modifier 77 - Repeat Procedure by Another Physician
- This modifier is used if a different physician repeats the procedure on the same day or within a short period due to complications or recurrence.

8. 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 needs to return to the operating room for a related procedure during the postoperative period.

9. Modifier 79 - Unrelated Procedure or Service by the Same Physician During the Postoperative Period
- Use this modifier if an unrelated procedure is performed by the same physician during the postoperative period of the initial procedure.

10. Modifier 80 - Assistant Surgeon
- This modifier is used if an assistant surgeon was necessary to assist with the procedure.

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

12. Modifier 82 - Assistant Surgeon (when qualified resident surgeon not available)
- Use this modifier if an assistant surgeon was required because a qualified resident surgeon was not available.

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

Each modifier serves a specific purpose and should be used accurately to reflect the services provided. Proper use of modifiers can help avoid claim denials and ensure appropriate reimbursement for the services rendered.

CPT Code 21047 Medicare Reimbursement

Medicare reimbursement for CPT code 21047, which pertains to the excision of a lower jaw cyst with repair, depends on several factors including the specific Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) jurisdiction, the setting in which the procedure is performed, and whether the procedure is deemed medically necessary.

As of the latest available data, Medicare generally covers medically necessary surgical procedures, including CPT code 21047, provided that the documentation supports the necessity of the procedure. However, the reimbursement amount can vary. For instance, in a hospital outpatient setting, the reimbursement might differ from that in an ambulatory surgical center or physician's office.

To determine the exact reimbursement amount, healthcare providers should refer to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) or the Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) for the most current rates. As of the latest update, the national average reimbursement for CPT code 21047 in a physician's office setting is approximately $500, but this can vary based on geographic location and other factors.

For the most accurate and up-to-date information, providers should consult their local MAC or use the Medicare Fee Schedule Lookup Tool available on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) website.

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