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    Default Arthroscopy new coder
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    would like some guidence for the following:

    29880 836 paid
    29877 59 717.7 this rejected m80
    29873 59 718.46 paid multiple proc
    29874 59 717.6 bundled to 29880 or 29877 I know this bundles

    what would 29877 rej or bundle to?

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    29877 is inclusive of 29880. 29880 is for Medial and Lateral compartments and any debridement in those compartments are not billed seperately.

    Medicare has a unique code of G0289 (Arthroscopy, knee, surgical, for loose body or debridement at the time of other surgical knee scope in a different compartment). So you would only use this code if it was in the patella compartment.

    The loose body also would need to be in that compartment too.

    Melodie Alery, COSC

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    Columbia, MO
    29877 is a CCI edit for 29881 and 29880 and is considered nonmodifiable. You can use the G0289 but only if documentation supports a separate compartment. there are 3 compartments to the knee, medial, lateral, and patellar

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

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    Thank you so much :

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