tci Outpatient Facility Coding Alert - 2013 Issue 2

Reader Question: Code 24342 Is Allowed With Other Procedures

Question: The orthopedic surgeon performed several procedures on a patient’s right elbow. Diagnoses included right elbow DJD (degenerative joint disease) with spurring on the coronoid and olecranon process spurs; grade 2 chondromalacia of the anterior elbow joint; synovitis of the anterior and posterior elbow joints; loose bodies in the olecranon fossa; and partial tricep tendon tear with posterior olecranon osteophyte in the triceps attachment. The procedures he performed included: Right elbow arthroscopic debridement, including partial synovectomy and excision of coronoid and olecranon osteophytes Arthroscopic removal of loose bodies from the posterior elbow joint and the olecranon fossa Open...

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