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    Question Please Help!

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    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!

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    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
    New Britain, CT

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    it would be included in the 29823

    Mary, CPC, COSC

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    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.

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

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