20610 Athrocentesis HELP!

SassyMsDavid

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I am hoping that there are some ortho experts out there that can help me with this. One of my providers performed an arthrocentesis procedure on 3 different areas of the same knee . . . . would I code this as: 20610-RT x 3 OR do I need to list each one separately??

Any help would be much appreciated!

Thanks ~ Heather David
 

mitchellde

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20610 is per joint not per compartment of the joint if this is the same knee you can only bill it one time with one unit.
 

pandi1024

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You can only bill one unit of 20610 per joint. See CPT Assistant March 2001 page 10 for clarification. Hope this helps.
 
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