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Posted on 23. Apr, 2010 by Editor.
Question: Our orthopedist saw a patient in the emergency department for a gunshot wound and diagnosed a metacarpal fracture. He irrigated the site and removed a foreign body. Can we also report a fracture code even though he didn’t manipulate the fracture?
Answer: If the documentation lists the fracture as a diagnosis (815.1x, Fracture of metacarpal bone[s]), you can code fracture care along with irrigation 20103 (Exploration of penetrating wound [separate procedure]; extremity).