tci Outpatient Facility Coding Alert - 2013 Issue 6

Orthopedics: Check All Possible Procedures to Reach Hands-Down Wrist Arthroscopy Success

Tip: Payer guidelines show when you can report multiple repairs. Coding for wrist arthroscopy is a snap once you understand the surgeon’s level of visualization and the extent of lavage and synovectomy. Our experts share examples from each area to illustrate what to look for in the operative note so you’ll always narrow your choices to the correct code. Verify the Surgeon’s Intent Sometimes the surgeon only takes a look at the wrist joint’s structures to check pathology or possibly snip a small piece of tissue for microscopic examination. The operative report might include notes...

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