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    Question Pick arthroplasty ankle arthroscopically

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    Would you code 29999 unlisted and compare to 29879? Done in conjunction with arthroscopic debridement of an osteochondral defect 29806?

    Thank you, Mary

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    Can anyone out there help me with this code? Thank you very, very much. Mary

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    Greater Pittsburgh


    Did you look at description for 29891 with -52 modifier, or 29898 (debridement)
    not sure what your op note states.
    jdemar, CPC, CMA

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    the pick arthroplasty is more than 29898 debridement. I see the drilling for vascularization in 29891 which is what the pick holes are doing, however, I don't think I should use a code 29891 as he is not removing/excising the osteochondral defect but just debriding off the subtalar area 29906 and then doing the pick arthroplasty to help promote healing.

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    looks like unlisted 29999 and compare to 29879?
    jdemar, CPC, CMA

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    Thank you very much!!!!!

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