Question 29823 vs 29822

cherylbr

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As per the new code descriptions 29822 and 29823 effective Jan 1st, 2021
29822 - Arthroscopy, surgical; debridement , limited 1 or 2 discrete structures
29823 - Arthroscopy, surgical; debridement, extended, 3 or more discrete structures.

I am unclear if you can count a structure in the debridement if it is coded for something else done in that structure. For example, if you are coding 29827 for repair of the rotator cuff would you still be able to count debridement of rotator cuff in when counting for the debridement code? Do the counting of structures for debridement have to be in structures that are not otherwise worked or coded in?

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Cheryl
 

cherylbr

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NO! You cannot count debridement that is part of the repair. If they debride the rotator cuff, and repair the rotator cuff, you cannot count the debridement towards
NO! You cannot count debridement that is part of the repair. If they debride the rotator cuff, and repair the rotator cuff, you cannot count the debridement towards 29823.
Does this also apply to any other structures that are worked on? Example, biceps tenodesis 29898, and acromioplasty 29826? If coding for those then I assume you cannot count those for debridement either, is that right?
 
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