AMA CPT® Assistant - 1996 Issue 9 (September)

Coding Endoscopic vs. Open Surgical Procedures (September 1996)

September 1996 page 9 Coding Communication Coding Endoscopic vs. Open Surgical Procedures The advent of endoscopes has introduced a new method of exploration and treatment of conditions/diseases normally viewed or treated through an open surgical incision. You will note that many endoscopy procedures have been added in recent years to several systems in CPT( eg, digestive system, female genital system, musculoskeletal system, respiratory system). There are also codes for procedures for scope-assisted procedures (eg, 29889, Arthroscopically aided posterior cruciate ligament repair/augmentation or reconstruction). Coding "Scope" Procedures When attempting to code a procedure performed with a "scope," be sure...

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