AMA CPT® Assistant - 2005 Issue 10 (October)

Surgery: Musculoskeletal System (October 2005)

October 2005 page 23 Coding Consultation:Questions and Answers Musculoskeletal System, 23420 (Q&A) Question What is the intent of CPT code 23420? AMA Comment CPT code 23420, Reconstruction of complete shoulder (rotator) cuff avulsion, chronic (includes acromioplasty), is intended to identify an old tear. This type of extreme tear usually requires rearrangement of the normal anatomy and sometimes grafting with either biological or nonbiological material for repair. Surgery: Musculoskeletal System (October 2005). CPT® Assistant. 2005; October 2005 page 23 ...

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