Billing 27829 and 27814 same incision

I was taught that you can't bill 27829 (Open treatment of distal tibiofibular joint (syndesmosis) disruption) and 27814 (Open treatment of bimalleolar ankle fracture) when performed unless separate incision.
Has this changed and could someone please provide guidelines or any other information?


  • edited May 2017
    YesThe only example that CPT had given was codes 27792, 27829, and 27695 and that was back in like 2008.A recent CPT assistant (2016) came out with an exampleof 27814 and 27829 and there was no reference to needing a separate incision.
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