tci Outpatient Facility Coding Alert - 2018 Issue 6

You Be the Coder: Confirm Bi-Compartmental Synovectomy Before Billing 29881, 29876

Question: I’m working on a claim where the provider performs a right knee chondroplasty, a right lateral meniscectomy, and a right medial and lateral synovectomy. Would you code these procedures as 29877, 29881, and 29876, respectively? California Subscriber Answer: Whenever working on knee arthroscopies in which the surgeon performs multiple procedures, you must make sure to check for any Correct Coding Initiative (CCI) edits before submitting the charge. You also want to make sure to read the entire code description for each procedure involved. In this case, simply reading the code description for 29881 (Arthroscopy, knee, surgical; with...

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