Results 1 to 5 of 5

Please Help!

  1. #1
    Question Please Help!
    Medical Coding Books
    I have a pt who had arthroscopic debridement (extensive..29823) and bursectomy performed. Can anyone help with the code I should use for the bursectomy?? Is it included in the extensive debridement? OR could it be coded out as 29820? I am stuck and really need to get all my surgeries coded before June 30.....thanks!

  2. Default
    CCI Edits bundle 29823 into 29820, but 29823 has the higher RVU, so if the documentation supports it, I would bill out the 29823
    Ann Marie CPC
    Watertown, CT

  3. #3
    it would be included in the 29823

    Mary, CPC, COSC

  4. #4
    In what part of the shoulder did the doctor perform the debridement and what part of the shoulder for the bursectomy? If the doctor did debridement anteriorly and posteriorly in the glenohumeral area that could constitute extensive debridement. If bursectomy was performed in the subacromial space along with acromioplasty, you should look at 29826, subacromial decompression, too. If it's just plain bursectomy, it would be part of extensive debridement.

  5. #5
    Thank you to all who responded...i greatly appreciate it!!

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
Enjoying Our Forums?

AAPC forums are a benefit of membership. Joining AAPC grants you unlimited access, allowing you to post questions and participate with our community of over 150,000 professionals.

Join Now Continue Reading Without Full Access

Already a Member?


Close Message

In addition to full participation on AAPC forums, as a member you will be able to:

  • Access to the largest healthcare job database in the world.
  • Join over 150,000 members of the healthcare network in the world.
  • Be a part of an industry leading organization that drives the business side of healthcare.
  • Save anywhere from 10%-50% with exclusive member discounts on courses, books, study materials, and conferences.
  • Access to discounts at hundreds of restaurants, travel destinations, retail stores, and service providers. AAPC members also have opportunities to save on heath, life, and liability insurance.
  • Become a member of a local chapter and attend regular meetings.