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Shoulder 29823 & 29822

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    Doc did focal microfracture chondroplasty in the central glenoid. I am going to use 29823. He also did debridement of the superior labrum. Can I also charge 29822 -59?

    Thanks for any opinions!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LCOOPER View Post
    Doc did focal microfracture chondroplasty in the central glenoid. I am going to use 29823. He also did debridement of the superior labrum. Can I also charge 29822 -59?

    Thanks for any opinions!
    This is the description under CPT 29822 on Custom Coder.net

    Plain English Descriptionâ„¢:
    The physician inserts an arthroscope into the shoulder joint and removes a small amount of debris from the joint. Code 29823 if a large amount of debris is removed from the joint.

    In my opinion, I don't think you can bill both of those codes for the same shoulder.

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    Daisy is correct, you can only capture the debridement one time with the 29823.

    Mary, CPC, COSC

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    Limited is always inclusive to extensive. 29823 covers 29822 also.

    Thanks
    Amit Joshi MSc,CPC,CPC-H

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