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2015 CPT Code Changes to Internal Fixation of Rib Fracture (New CPT Codes 21811, 21812 and 21813)


For CY 2015, the CPT Editorial Panel deleted CPT code 21810 (Treatment of rib fracture requiring external fixation (flail chest)) and replaced it with three CPT codes 21811, 21812 and 21813, to report internal fixation of rib fracture. The full description for these three New CPT codes are as follows;

21811 Open treatment of rib fracture(s) with internal fixation, includes thoracoscopic visualization when performed, unilateral; 1-3 ribs

21812 Open treatment of rib fracture(s) with internal fixation, includes thoracoscopic visualization when performed, unilateral; 4-6 ribs

21813 Open treatment of rib fracture(s) with internal fixation, includes thoracoscopic visualization when performed, unilateral; 7 or more ribs

See also complete list of CPT code Changes for CY 2015

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