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How would you code the following:
(1) right knee partial menisectomy of medial meniscus
(2)right knee loose body removal, patellofemoral, lateral, and medial compartments
(3)RIGHT KNEE CHONDROPLATY OF MEDIAL COMPARTMENT, MEDIAL FEMORAL CONDYLE, MEDIAL TIBIAL PLATEAU, PATELLLA AND TROCHLEAR GROOVE AS WELL AS LATERAL FEMORAL CONDYLE AND LETERAL TIBIAL PLATEAU.
 

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How would you code the following:
(1) right knee partial menisectomy of medial meniscus
(2)right knee loose body removal, patellofemoral, lateral, and medial compartments
(3)RIGHT KNEE CHONDROPLATY OF MEDIAL COMPARTMENT, MEDIAL FEMORAL CONDYLE, MEDIAL TIBIAL PLATEAU, PATELLLA AND TROCHLEAR GROOVE AS WELL AS LATERAL FEMORAL CONDYLE AND LETERAL TIBIAL PLATEAU.
Hopefully this is arthroscopic...Take a look at 29881 and 29877.
 

Bella Cullen

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How would you code the following:
(1) right knee partial menisectomy of medial meniscus
(2)right knee loose body removal, patellofemoral, lateral, and medial compartments
(3)RIGHT KNEE CHONDROPLATY OF MEDIAL COMPARTMENT, MEDIAL FEMORAL CONDYLE, MEDIAL TIBIAL PLATEAU, PATELLLA AND TROCHLEAR GROOVE AS WELL AS LATERAL FEMORAL CONDYLE AND LETERAL TIBIAL PLATEAU.
I would code this as
29881-RT medial menisectomy
G0289 chondroplasty lateral
G0289/59 chondroplasty patella

(G0289 is for loose body removal and chondroplasty so if both done in the same compartments just bill once for each compartment.)

most insurances if not all want G0289 instead of 29877 when billed with another procedure.
otherwise 29877 is NOT billable and is considered bundled with 29881.
 
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