I am having a brain infarction today and need some help. We have Medicare
patient who was seen in the ER and the ER doc did some type of I&D for gouty
tophi of DIP joint of finger. Then patient came into the office a couple of
days later and our doctor also did an I&D of the same joint, same finger.
We are planning on billing out 26080 arthrotomy with exploration, drainage
or removal loose or foreign body interphalangeal joint. Do we need to use
any other modifier than the finger one?


Sandi Hamrick, CPC

Toledo Orthpaedic Billing


  • edited May 2017
    No, unless your practice is under the same tax ID as the ER. Also, just curious, are you really doing an arthrotomy in the office?
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