AMA CPT® Assistant - 2001 Issue 3 (March)

Surgery Musculoskeletal System (March 2001)

March 2001 page 10c Coding Consultation Musculoskeletal System, Surgery, 20610 (Q&A) Question When aspiration of fluid from the knee joint is performed as well as injection of medication into the knee joint, can code 20610, Arthrocentesis, aspiration and/or injection; major joint or bursa (eg, shoulder, hip, knee joint, subacromial bursa), be reported two times, once for the aspiration of fluid and once for the injection of medication? AMA Comment From a CPT coding perspective, the term "and/or" in the code descriptor of code 20610 indicates that the code includes the performance of one or all of the procedures...

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