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Arthroscopy converted to open-I was wondering

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    Default Arthroscopy converted to open-I was wondering
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    I was wondering if anyone out there knows if I can bill both for the arthroscopy and the open procedure. If so, do I append mod 59 on the arthroscopy. Or do I append mod 22 on the open procedure? HELP
    LORI

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    Good morning,

    The rule of thumb is that if you propose a procedure, begin and it is not sufficient to treat the problem causing you to convert to an open procedure, you should only bill and capture the procedure that was completed and considered successful for the offending problem.

    I'm sure this response will draw some fire but...I've eaten my wheaties and I'm ready...lol

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    I am doing a case just like that right now and I was wondering the same thing. Actually, it is an open acl repair and an arthroscopy was done before hand to observe the rest of the knee compartments and also to verify the exact location of the acl tear. Can I code for the arthroscopy on this one??

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    sorry, please disregard this.
    Last edited by LTibbetts; 12-04-2009 at 12:01 PM.

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    Thanks for the reply.
    LORI

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