AHA Coding Clinic® for HCPCS - 2021 Issue 2; Ask the Editor


In the Fourth Quarter 2020 issue of Coding Clinic for HCPCS, Pages 7-8, the published advice to assign CPT code 29999, Unlisted procedure, arthroscopy, for an arthroscopic myofascial flap for the ulnar nerve is correct. However, in that specific example, the primary procedure, arthroscopic ulnar nerve decompression, is also reported with the unlisted code 29999.Although myofascial flaps are generally not performed with neuroplasty, it is not appropriate to report the same unlisted code twice for procedures performed during the same surgical encounter. Therefore, in this case CPT code 29999 would be reported once for both the arthroscopic neuroplasty...

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