AMA CPT® Assistant - 2008 Issue 12 (December)

Surgery: Musculoskeletal (December 2008)

December 2008 page 6 Surgery: Musculoskeletal, 27415 (Q&A) Question: Can any of the osteoarticular transfer system (OATS) procedure codes (27415, 29867) be reported when the procedure is performed using synthetic plugs only? Would the unlisted codes be more appropriate? Mimi Hughes. Philadelphia, PA. Answer: It would be appropriate to report code 29867, Arthroscopy, knee, surgical; osteochondral allograft (eg, mosaicplasty), or code 27415, Osteochondral allograft, knee, open, when synthetic osteochondral implants are used instead of cadaveric bone and cartilage allograft. In contrast for talar procedures using synthetic plugs, the unlisted procedure code 28899, Unlisted procedure, foot or toes, should...

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