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    Does anyone bill the G code for chondroplasty to private payors. We know Medicare pays on this code and I was told it's not advisable to bill the G code to private payors because according to the carrier's health plan it's a non covered service and this could pose a red flag. We also had casualty payors tell us to use the G code... Any thoughts from anyone on this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by joanne@aportho.com View Post
    Does anyone bill the G code for chondroplasty to private payors. We know Medicare pays on this code and I was told it's not advisable to bill the G code to private payors because according to the carrier's health plan it's a non covered service and this could pose a red flag. We also had casualty payors tell us to use the G code... Any thoughts from anyone on this?
    We're in Washington State and have 5 private carriers right now that all want us to bill G0289 when chondroplasty is performed in separate compartment from meniscectomy. They will bundle 29877-59 with meniscectomy, but on their fee schedule they allow reimbursement for G0289. We've been doing this for a few years and get paid for G0289....so I'm not sure why you've been told it's a non-covered service. Check with each individual carrier to see whether there is a medical policy regarding combo of chondro with meni's. Or check their fee schedules for G0289. I know of NO red flag issues regarding G0289.
    Jenna

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    We are also in Washington state and frequently use G0289 with no problems. I agree with Jenna above, you should check with each carrier to see what their policy is.

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    I also, have some private payors that require the G0289.
    jdemar, CPC, CMA

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    Thanks!!! We have been billing the G Code but I got worried and held off recently when I was told we were "faking out the insurance company" by using this code.

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