AMA CPT® Assistant - 2017 Issue 5 (May)

Surgery: Musculoskeletal System (Q&A) (May 2017)

May 2017 page 10 Surgery: Musculoskeletal System Question: Is it appropriate to report codes 29888 for arthroscopically aided anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) repair and 27427 for open reconstruction (with graft) of the medial collateral ligament of the knee when performed at the same operative session? Answer:Yes, code 27427, Ligamentous reconstruction (augmentation), knee; extra-articular, is an example of a service not included in the global service package for code 29888, Arthroscopically aided anterior cruciate ligament repair/augmentation or reconstruction. Therefore, codes 27427 and 29888 may be reported for the same operative session. Modifier 51, Multiple Procedures, should be appended to the...

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