Scrubs and Suits: What’s New for Coding Arthroscopic Procedures?

For those that works in the coding and billing industry, often we can get stuck in ruts of doing our work the same old way. “If you think there is nothing new under the sun when it comes to coding and billing for arthroscopic procedures, think again, wrote AAPC member Julie Leu, CPC, CPCO, CPMA, CPC-I in a recent article for Scrubs and Suits.

The article highlights several arthroscopic procedures of the shoulder and of some of the more recent CPT changes. “For 2012, the AMA made changes to the descriptors for the CPT® codes that report arthroscopic meniscectomies.  Code 29880 now reads: Arthroscopy, knee, surgical with meniscectomy (medial AND lateral, including any meniscal shaving) including debridement/shaving of articular cartilage (chondroplasty), same or separate compartment(s), when performed.”

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