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I'm newly employed to an organization that codes strictly to Medicare guidelines/CCI edits regardless of patient insurance coverage (except for work comp and no fault). I've always used information from the Coding Companion books to appeal claims that are denied for modifier 59 usage (i.e. 29881 & 29875 (the plica/synovectomy was done in a different compartment). However, the new employer is telling me under no circumstances am I to code these two together because I would be unbundling these codes and I would be wrong. I tried to explain that I've been able to appeal past denied claims with submitting the operative note and the Coding Companion information and successfully received payment but I was told to cease this practice due to the CCI edits. I feel like we'd be leaving money on the table. Am I wrong in feeling this way? There were other procedures with similar modifier 59 usages, but again, I was told because of their strict CCI edit following, I need to change in how I code going forward and forget about the info from the AAOS and essentially the AAPC Coder Lite subscription that I have and use daily. Any thoughts/advice would be appreciated.