AMA CPT® Assistant - 2014 Issue 5 (May)

Surgery: Musculoskeletal System (Q&A) (May 2014)

May 2014 page 10 Surgery: Musculoskeletal System Question: A patient had a medial compartment meniscectomy (29881) and a lateral compartment synovectomy (29875), and both procedures were performed in different compartments of the knee. Would it be appropriate to separately report these procedures? Answer: No. Code 29875, which describes limited synovectomy, is for a separate procedure. This means that the work associated with this procedure is inclusive to more extensive procedures performed in the same anatomic site (the knee), and is not separately reportable if other arthroscopic knee procedure is performed on the same knee in the same session. This...

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