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    Default A shoulder disaster

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    I lied - I have one more shoulder

    DX: AC jt OA, partial thickness articular sided rotator cuff tear, impingement syndrome, chondromalacia and labral tear, adhesions in the anterior capsule

    PROC: Lysis of adhesions, debride labrum and chondroplasty, subac decomp, debridement of rotator cuff tear, distal clavicle excision and partial synovectomy.

    I coded it as 29826, 29824-51, 29825-51, 29822-51

    How did I do? Questioning of 29823 should have been used instead of 29822.
    Does anyone have a clear cut explanation of the "Back and front" - what does that constitute - which compartments, etc.???

    Again this is BS.

    Sorry I am just nervous now!!

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    Default Desperate D

    Anyone got any ideas on this one? I am told the debridement falls under the distal clavicle excision by the AAOS coding people. Doc says to code 29826, 29824-51, 29823-59 and 29825-51?

    Any thoughts - - -

    Really appreciate it.

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    Seattle First Hill


    Without actually reading the whole op report, this is what I'm coming up with:


    The 29825 is bundled into all 3 of the above codes. 29823 is bundled into 29824, but you are able to bill it as long as the documentation supports it being un-bundled. I'm curious as to what others would think about this....

    ~Kirsten, CPC

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    Here is an AAOS bulletin that will provide you with some valuable information regarding shoulder arthroscopies. You may want to review some of their archival material. It's been very helpful to me for all types of arthroscopies.


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    Default Kjstearns and coderguy

    Thanks for pointing me in the right direction - really really appreciate it.

    Thanks - DD

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