Billing 29879 (abrasion chondroplasty)

madgejones10

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HELP !! I have been billing 29879 when surgen gives proper documentation (down to bleeding bone) along with 29881 (meniscectomy) and 29876 (synovectomy). but my local coders are questioning this. I am being paid for the above, but want to be sure I am doing the correct thing. I know 29877 is now included in 29881, but I did NOT think 29879 was. This came up when I questioned whether I could use 29879 with a "59" modifier for a different compartment. PLEASE HELP !! There are two questions. (1) Can I still use 29879 when appropriate and (2) can I use 29879 with a "59" for a different compartment.
 
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