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29888 bundled with 29881-59

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    Question 29888 bundled with 29881-59
    Medical Coding Books
    I have an insurance company that is bundling an ACL reconstruction with a medial meniscectomy. They also suggest that we use the G0289 with the ACL reconstruction, but the G0289 is only for additional procedures done in different compartment of the knee and the ACL is not done in a compartment???? Does anybody have any documentation regarding this situation?

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    Default bundled meniscectomy
    29888 and 29881-51, you did not need the 59 modifier since this is not a CCI edit. G0289 (29877) Arthroscopy,knee,surgical debridement/shaving of articular cartilage[chondroplasty] you would use either or depending on the payer. Would like to have seen op note. Hope this helps.

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    Columbus, Ohio
    These two codes do not bundle. I ran then through the CCI edits. They can be billed together. There is a great article by Margie Scalley in the AAOS June 05 issue. I hope this link works ok for you:

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