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Hemiarthroplasty to Total Knee Replacement

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    I am trying to make sure that I code this correctly. My doctor treated a patient that had a previous hemi several years ago by doing a total knee. He removed the hemi components and replaced with total knee components. He turned in 27447 for the total knee but I am thinking that I need to code this with the 27487: revision of total knee with a 52 modifier for the reduced services since the patient had the hemi in the past and not a total knee. Any thoughts?

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    You are absolutely correct. This will give the surgeon credit for removing the old components where as 27447 does not. The 52 is applied because the patient is going from a hemi to a total. Nice work!!

    Elizabeth Redman, CPC, COSC

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