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Coding ? For knee

  1. Smile Coding ? For knee
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    My surgeon did a partial menisectomy on part of the lateral meniscus and then repaired with a suture the other tear in the
    lateral meniscus. He wants to bill a 29882 and a 29881 for this
    in the same compartment. I feel that he should just charge for
    the 29882 as this is the most comprehensive procedure, as the
    29881 would be incidental since he is doing all this in the same

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    North Carolina
    I completely agree with you.

    Under the guidelines, procedures such as diagnostic scope (29870), lavage (29871), synovectomy (29875), removal of loose body(ies)(29874), meniscectomy (29880 and 29881), meniscus repairs (29882 and 29883) and lysis of adhesions (29884) are NOT to be reported separately when these procedures are performed at the same session and in the same compartments.

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