AMA CPT® Assistant - 1998 Issue 8 (August)

Endoscopy/Arthroscopy, 29909 (Q&A) (August 1998)

August 1998 page 11b Coding Consultation Endoscopy/Arthroscopy, 29909 (Q&A) Question My physician performs an arthroscopic shoulder procedure where heat is used to shrink the capsule in the shoulder. What code should I use to report this procedure? AMA Comment There is not a specific CPT code that accurately describes the use of heat to shrink the capsule in the shoulder performed through an arthroscope. Therefore, in this instance, you should report the unlisted arthroscopic code 29909, Unlisted procedure, arthro-scopy. When reporting an unlisted code to the third-party payor, it is important to remember to include a copy of...

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