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    Default I have to do an appeal on the above code

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    I have to do an appeal on the above code. What constitutes "extensive" debridement.

    Op report states "The humeral head, glenoid, and glenoid labrum were debrided using a 4.0 synovial resector."

    Is this enough or do I need more documentation.

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    Apr 2007

    Default Cpt 29823

    From the AAOS Bulletin-April 2006 I found the description as follows;
    Code 29823 should be used only for extensive debridement of soft or hard tissue. It includes a chondroplasty of the humeral head or glenoid and associated osteophytes or multiple soft tissue strutures that are debrided such as labrum, subscapularis and supraspinatus.
    Website address: www2.aaos.org/aaos/archives/bulletin/apr06/coding2.asp
    Hope this helps.

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