CPT Code 26080

CPT code 26075 is used for the surgical exploration and treatment of a finger joint, often involving the removal of foreign bodies or other obstructions.

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What is CPT Code 26080

CPT code 26080 is used to describe a medical procedure that involves the exploration and treatment of a finger joint. This code is typically utilized when a healthcare provider needs to investigate issues within a finger joint, such as pain, swelling, or limited movement, and then perform any necessary treatments to address the identified problems. This could include procedures like removing debris, repairing tissues, or addressing other abnormalities within the joint.

Does CPT 26080 Need a Modifier?

When billing for CPT code 26080 (Explore/treat finger 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 26080, along with the reasons for their use:

1. Modifier -50 (Bilateral Procedure): Used if the procedure is performed on both hands during the same session.

2. Modifier -51 (Multiple Procedures): Applied when multiple procedures are performed during the same surgical session.

3. Modifier -52 (Reduced Services): Used if the procedure is partially reduced or eliminated at the physician's discretion.

4. Modifier -59 (Distinct Procedural Service): Indicates that the procedure is distinct or independent from other services performed on the same day.

5. Modifier -RT (Right Side): Used to specify that the procedure was performed on the right side of the body.

6. Modifier -LT (Left Side): Used to specify that the procedure was performed on the left side of the body.

7. Modifier -78 (Unplanned Return to the Operating/Procedure Room by the Same Physician Following Initial Procedure for a Related Procedure During the Postoperative Period): Used if the patient returns to the operating room for a related procedure during the postoperative period.

8. Modifier -79 (Unrelated Procedure or Service by the Same Physician During the Postoperative Period): Applied when an unrelated procedure is performed by the same physician during the postoperative period of the initial procedure.

9. Modifier -80 (Assistant Surgeon): Used when an assistant surgeon is required for the procedure.

10. Modifier -82 (Assistant Surgeon (when qualified resident surgeon not available)): Applied when an assistant surgeon is necessary, and a qualified resident surgeon is not available.

11. Modifier -AS (Physician Assistant, Nurse Practitioner, or Clinical Nurse Specialist Services for Assistant at Surgery): Used when a non-physician provider 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 that claims are processed correctly and that the healthcare provider receives appropriate reimbursement.

CPT Code 26080 Medicare Reimbursement

CPT code 26080 is reimbursed by Medicare, but the reimbursement specifics can vary based on several factors. The Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) provides the payment rates for services covered by Medicare, including CPT code 26080. However, the actual reimbursement amount may differ depending on the geographic location and the policies of the Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) that processes claims in your region. It is essential to consult the MPFS and your local MAC for precise reimbursement details and any additional requirements that may apply.

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