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Debridement of all three knee compartments

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    Good morning!!

    I need help with coding for a BLUE SHIELD patient PLEASE.

    The physician performed debridement/chondroplasties in the knee to address degenerative joint disease as well as osteochondral defects of the medial femoral condyle, lateral femoral condyle, patella and trochlea.

    Would I code 29877 for the first and the GO829 for the second and third? Do I do two units of G0829 or do I itemized (sepearate line items).

    Would really appreciate the help!!!

    Thank you and have a great day!!!

    Denise

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    You can only bill 29877 one (1) time, no matter how many compartments are done.....once only.
    jdemar, CPC, CMA

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    I agree...

    The AAOS has an article about this under the heading "Chondroplasty".

    http://www2.aaos.org/aaos/archives/b...apr05/code.asp

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