K Wires

My Surgery department is advising that there are times when K Wires remain in the patient upon discharge and some that don't remain.  If they are removed prior to the patient leaving the OR or before discharge, how are you coding them?


  • K-wires can be low cost; if they don't meet our cost threshold, we don't charge.

    If they are used for bone fixation & stay implanted in the patient we use C1713 (this prevents device to procedure edits too).

    If they are not used for fixation & implanted, we use revenue code 0270 or 0272 without a HCPC.

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