CPT Code 25275

CPT code 25274 is for the surgical repair of a tendon or muscle in the forearm, ensuring proper function and mobility.

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What is CPT Code 25275

CPT code 25275 is used to describe the surgical procedure for repairing a tendon sheath in the forearm. This code is specifically utilized when a healthcare provider performs a repair on the protective covering that surrounds a tendon in the forearm, which may be necessary due to injury, inflammation, or other medical conditions affecting the tendon sheath.

Does CPT 25275 Need a Modifier?

When billing for CPT code 25275 (Repair forearm tendon sheath), 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 25275, along with the reasons for their use:

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

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

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

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

5. Modifier 59 - Distinct Procedural Service
- Apply this modifier to indicate that the procedure is distinct or independent from other services performed on the same day.

6. Modifier 76 - Repeat Procedure by Same Physician
- Use this modifier if the same procedure is repeated by the same physician on the same day.

7. Modifier 77 - Repeat Procedure by Another Physician
- This modifier is used when the same procedure is repeated by a different physician on the same day.

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 requires an unplanned 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 when an unrelated procedure is performed by the same physician during the postoperative period of the initial procedure.

10. Modifier LT - Left Side
- This modifier is used to specify that the procedure was performed on the left forearm.

11. Modifier RT - Right Side
- Use this modifier to indicate that the procedure was performed on the right forearm.

12. Modifier 99 - Multiple Modifiers
- Apply this modifier when more than four modifiers are necessary to describe the service provided.

By appropriately applying these modifiers, healthcare providers can ensure that their claims for CPT code 25275 are accurately processed and reimbursed. Always refer to the latest coding guidelines and payer-specific requirements for the most accurate and up-to-date information.

CPT Code 25275 Medicare Reimbursement

The CPT code 25275 is reimbursed by Medicare, but the reimbursement specifics can vary based on several factors. The Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) provides a comprehensive list of services covered by Medicare and their corresponding reimbursement rates. To determine the exact reimbursement for CPT code 25275, healthcare providers should refer to the MPFS.

Additionally, Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) play a crucial role in the reimbursement process. MACs are responsible for processing Medicare claims and can provide region-specific information regarding coverage and reimbursement rates for CPT code 25275. It is advisable for healthcare providers to consult their respective MAC for detailed and localized reimbursement information.

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