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    Default microfracture of glenohumeral joint

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    does anybody know how to code this procedure, the physician states :"the glenoid surface was debrided back to stable tissue and microfractured using the awl and chondral picks, this was done along with 29827, 29826 and 29824
    Angelica Stephens RHIT, CPMA, COSC, CCS-P, CPC, COC.
    Albuquerque, NM

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    Default Shoulder Microfracture


    We don't have a code for microfracture done at shoulder, thus can assign shoulder debridement codes 29822 / 29824.

    Dr. Poonam

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    thank you so much for your help!
    Angelica Stephens RHIT, CPMA, COSC, CCS-P, CPC, COC.
    Albuquerque, NM

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    I have been using the unlisted code. Now I wonder if I should read these op reports more carefully and see what was done.

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    Default Microfracture of glenohumeral joint

    I have a doctor that does this every once in awhile...and after going over what he does, we came up with billing the unlisted code 29999. We drop the claim to paper and send with the op note. Then we append procedure comments to the claim with a fee comparable to Microfracture of the knee (29879). Hope this helps!

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    I also agree w/ Lanie Christman

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