tci Outpatient Facility Coding Alert - 2012 Issue 3

Reader Question: Report 29819 for Shoulder Implant Removal

Question: An orthopedic surgeon arthroscopically removed an implant from the patient’s shoulder (the implant was suture anchored in the rotator cuff). How should we report this to Medicare? Pennsylvania Subscriber Answer: You can submit 29819 (Arthroscopy, shoulder, surgical; with removal of loose body or foreign body). Remember: Surgical arthroscopy always includes a diagnostic arthroscopy so you should never use a diagnostic code with a surgical CPT® code such as 29819. ...

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