CPT Code 25335

CPT code 25335 is a medical code used to describe the surgical realignment of the hand, ensuring accurate billing and documentation for healthcare providers.

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What is CPT Code 25335

CPT code 25335 is used to describe the surgical procedure for the realignment of the hand. This code is specifically utilized when a surgeon performs an operation to correct the positioning of the bones in the hand, often due to fractures, dislocations, or congenital deformities. The goal of this procedure is to restore proper function and alignment, thereby improving the patient's ability to use their hand effectively.

Does CPT 25335 Need a Modifier?

When billing for CPT code 25335 (Realignment of hand), it is essential to consider the appropriate use of modifiers to ensure accurate reimbursement and compliance with payer guidelines. Below is a list of modifiers that could be used with CPT code 25335, 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. Documentation must support the increased complexity.

2. Modifier 50 - Bilateral Procedure
- Use this modifier if the realignment procedure was performed on both hands during the same session.

3. Modifier 51 - Multiple Procedures
- Use this modifier if multiple procedures were performed during the same surgical session. This helps indicate that more than one procedure was carried out.

4. Modifier 52 - Reduced Services
- Use this modifier if the procedure was partially reduced or eliminated at the physician's discretion.

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.

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

7. Modifier 77 - Repeat Procedure by Another Physician
- Use this modifier if the same procedure was 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
- Use this modifier if the patient required 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 if an unrelated procedure was performed by the same physician during the postoperative period of the initial procedure.

10. Modifier LT - Left Side
- Use this modifier to specify that the procedure was performed on the left hand.

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

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

Proper use of these modifiers ensures that the billing accurately reflects the services provided, which can help in avoiding claim denials and ensuring appropriate reimbursement. Always refer to the latest payer-specific guidelines and documentation requirements when applying modifiers.

CPT Code 25335 Medicare Reimbursement

CPT code 25335 is reimbursed by Medicare, but the reimbursement is subject to specific guidelines and conditions outlined in the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS). The MPFS provides a comprehensive list of services covered by Medicare, along with the corresponding reimbursement rates. To determine the exact reimbursement rate and any additional requirements for CPT code 25335, healthcare providers should consult 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 for CPT code 25335. Providers should verify with their respective MAC to ensure compliance with local coverage determinations and any other pertinent guidelines.

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