AMA CPT® Assistant - 1998 Issue 7 (July)

Coding Endoscopic vs. Open Hip Surgical Procedures (July 1998)

July 1998 page 8 Coding Communication Coding Endoscopic vs. Open Hip Surgical Procedures Over the years there have only been the open procedure codes to report open operative hip procedures performed by physicians. However, because of advancements in technology, it was determined that new codes were needed to describe the new hip procedures being performed through an arthroscope. In 1998, CPT developed four new hip arthroscopy codes. Following are some general guidelines to use when coding hip arthroscopy procedures, or other procedures performed endoscopically/arthroscopically. Hip Arthroscopy Codes 29860Arthroscopy, hip, diagnostic with or without synovial biopsy (separate procedure) Code 29860...

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