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    Unhappy debribement of the labrum-29822

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    Hello all,

    I am having a very tough time getting insurance cos (especially BCBS) to reimburse for an arthroscopic debridement of the labrum (using 29822-59) when billed in conjunction with other shoulder arthroscopy codes. (ex:29827, 29826).
    I am confident that we are billing correctly and have documentation in the op notes to support it. But I can't seem to get through to them.
    Can anyone give me some insight as to how you fight your denials, maybe some supporting literature to send?

    Thanks much!

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    Apr 2007
    Columbia, MO


    does your op note show that this in in a separate compartment of the shoulder? Is the debridement documented as a procedure that is therapeutic or is it it performed as a procedure that allows easyier movement of the scope? Some payers will not allow payment if the note does not clearly show therapeutic value. Also if there is no documentation of a separate compartment then you cannot appent the 59.

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

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