CPT Code 24802

CPT code 24800 is a medical code used to describe the surgical procedure for the fusion of the elbow joint.

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What is CPT Code 24802

CPT code 24802 is a medical billing code used to describe the surgical procedure for the fusion or grafting of the elbow joint. This procedure typically involves the joining of bones in the elbow to alleviate pain or restore stability, often due to conditions like severe arthritis or injury. The fusion helps to create a single, solid bone, reducing movement and thereby decreasing pain and improving function.

Does CPT 24802 Need a Modifier?

When billing for CPT code 24802 (Fusion/graft of elbow joint), 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 24802, 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 increased intensity, time, technical difficulty, or severity of the patient's condition.

2. Modifier 50 - Bilateral Procedure
- Apply this modifier if the procedure was performed on both elbows during the same operative session.

3. Modifier 51 - Multiple Procedures
- Use this modifier when multiple procedures, other than E/M services, are performed at the same session by the same provider.

4. Modifier 52 - Reduced Services
- This modifier is used when the procedure is partially reduced or eliminated at the physician's discretion.

5. Modifier 53 - Discontinued Procedure
- Apply this modifier if the procedure was started but discontinued due to extenuating circumstances or those that threaten the well-being of the patient.

6. Modifier 59 - Distinct Procedural Service
- Use this modifier to indicate that a procedure or service was distinct or independent from other services performed on the same day.

7. Modifier 62 - Two Surgeons
- Apply this modifier when two surgeons work together as primary surgeons performing distinct parts of the procedure.

8. Modifier 66 - Surgical Team
- Use this modifier when a team of surgeons is required to perform the procedure.

9. Modifier 76 - Repeat Procedure by Same Physician
- Apply this modifier if the same physician repeats the procedure on the same day.

10. Modifier 77 - Repeat Procedure by Another Physician
- Use this modifier if a different physician repeats the procedure on the same day.

11. 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 requires a return to the operating room for a related procedure during the postoperative period.

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

13. Modifier 80 - Assistant Surgeon
- Apply this modifier when an assistant surgeon is required for the procedure.

14. Modifier 81 - Minimum Assistant Surgeon
- Use this modifier when a minimum assistant surgeon is required for the procedure.

15. Modifier 82 - Assistant Surgeon (when qualified resident surgeon not available)
- Apply this modifier when an assistant surgeon is required, and a qualified resident surgeon is not available.

16. Modifier AS - Physician Assistant, Nurse Practitioner, or Clinical Nurse Specialist Services for Assistant at Surgery
- Use this modifier when a PA, NP, or CNS assists in the surgery.

Each modifier serves a specific purpose and should be used accurately to reflect the circumstances of the procedure performed. Proper use of these modifiers ensures compliance with coding guidelines and optimizes reimbursement.

CPT Code 24802 Medicare Reimbursement

The CPT code 24802 is reimbursed by Medicare, but it is essential to verify the specific reimbursement details through the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS). The MPFS provides a comprehensive list of services covered by Medicare and their corresponding reimbursement rates. Additionally, it is advisable to consult with your local Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) to confirm any regional variations or specific guidelines that may apply to the reimbursement of CPT code 24802. The MACs are responsible for processing Medicare claims and can provide detailed information on coverage and payment policies.

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