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Q&A: Coding for chronic scapholutynate ligament tear

HIM-HIPAA Insider, September 14, 2010

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A: The correct code is 718.01 (old rupture of ligament[s] of joint not otherwise specified). Locate this code under “Rupture, ligament, old (See also Disorder, cartilage, articular).” This leads you to 718.0x. The fifth digit “1” indicates the tear occurred in the shoulder region.

Editor’s note: Sandra Sillman, RHIT, PAHM, DRG coordinator at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, answered this question in the September issue of Briefings on Coding Compliance Strategies.



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