29877 - this even payable

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HI, my doc is wanting to bill 3 units of 29877 on one knee. Is this even payable?? For some reason this seems extremely odd to me. The operative report does state 3 portals being used during surgery. Any responses are appreciated thanks so much!!!
Chelsea Fowler, CPC
 

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HI, my doc is wanting to bill 3 units of 29877 on one knee. Is this even payable?? For some reason this seems extremely odd to me. The operative report does state 3 portals being used during surgery. Any responses are appreciated thanks so much!!!
Chelsea Fowler, CPC
Report chondroplasty (29877) just once per joint: AAOS again restates its longstanding policy that debridement of articular cartilage (chondroplasty) is bundled when performed in the same knee compartment as a meniscal repair or excision. Further, 29877 can only be reported once per knee. (This is also supported in the August 2001 CPT Assistant.)

http://www.aaos.org/news/aaosnow/may10/managing2.asp

Hopefully this helps! AAOS.org is an awesome website.
Jenna
 
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