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    Default medial or medial/lateral menisectomy?

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    doc performed a medial menisectomy but also did the following, doc wants to bill 29877-59 but not too sure if it shouldn't be 29880 instead?

    The lateral compartment was entered and lateral meniscus was palpated along superior and inferior articular surfaces along its entirety. No areas of tear or detachment were found. There was noted to be some degenerative fraying of the medial edge this was debrided to a stable edge with the Mitek radiofrequency probe. The lateral articular surfaces were noted to have grade II to III chondromalacia and no eburnated bone was found.

    Thank you

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    I would bill 29881 for medial only. For lateral it says chondromalacia noted but did dr do a chondroplasy?
    If so then I would bill 29881 and 29877-59 or if medicare then use (G0289) for the chondroplasty.

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    We have found that Blue Shield, United Healthcare, and Cigna are also wanting the G0289 insteatd of 29877 . . . . .

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    Well to be honest we bill G0289 for all our ins companies if billed with another procedure because that is what they want.

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