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    I do not see in the original post that the meniscal tear is degenerative in nature so I'm curious as to why are you choosing a degenerative code?

    The tricompartment degenerative arthritis would not be sufficient enough evidence to code the meniscal tear as degenerative.

    If the doctor does not state that the meniscal tear is degenerative in nature, then you would use 836.0.

    Unfortunately none of us (except Rie of course) have the "full" documentation to support which code to use 717.2 vs 836.0

    Mary, CPC, COSC

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    Mary ... he does not say anything about the meniscal tear being degenerative

    Indications state: complex medial meniscal tear, however , he had also some attendant degenerative changes which could not be cut out ..

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    then I recommend 836.0

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    thank you

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