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Aspiration of Baker's cyst with arthroscopic surgery

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    Please advise:

    Physician performs a chondroplasty of the patellofemoral joint and partial medial and lateral meniscectomies. He then aspirates a Baker cyst using a 16 gauge needle and syringe.

    Is it appropriate to bill for the aspiration of the Baker's cyst with the 29880 and G0289.

    The payer is Blue Shield of Mass.

    Thank you.

    Desperate Denise

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    Quote Originally Posted by Desperate Denise View Post
    Please advise:

    Physician performs a chondroplasty of the patellofemoral joint and partial medial and lateral meniscectomies. He then aspirates a Baker cyst using a 16 gauge needle and syringe.

    Is it appropriate to bill for the aspiration of the Baker's cyst with the 29880 and G0289.

    The payer is Blue Shield of Mass.

    Thank you.

    Desperate Denise
    Hi Denise! If the Bakers cyst is in the proximity of the meniscus that is being debrided/excised/repaired then it can be considered inclusive. So in your case...if the cyst is near any of the 3 compartments that Doc is already doing procedures in then the aspiration may be incidental. I would ask myself and/or the Doc -Is he already in there and just happens to see this cyst or is it a completely separate intentional procedure?
    Jenna

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    Thanks Jenna - I think he actually removed all the arthroscopic tools and then performed the aspiration - so it is probably billable -

    Appreciate your thoughts.

    Denise

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