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    Cool medial plica

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    This is a general question:

    For example, if you do a medial menisectomy and excision of medial plica, it is my
    understanding that you would just code the 29881 and not the 29875. Is this correct ?

    However, if you do a lateral menisectomy and excision of medial plica you can code
    for both ? The 29881 and 29875 ?

    Or am I wrong?

    Would appreciate some clarification as the CPT book states 29875 is a separate procedure.

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    Yes! In general the situation that you described would be coded correctly. The confusion for knee procedures is due to knee procedure coding is derived from 3 separate anatomical compartments of the knee. The easiest way that I have been taught to code knee procedures is like this:

    Write down 3 separate sections to represent each anatomical compartment of the knee



    Use the information from the report to determine ALL codes and classify them in the appropriate compartmental category.
    From your examples above, medial meniscectomy and excision of medial plica.
    P= N/A M= 29881 and 29875 L=N/A

    Then you use bundling edits separately for each anatomical compartment. Because 29881 and 29875 were performed in the same compartment and 29875 bundles, you would only report 29881.

    Other example, lateral meniscectomy and excision of medial plica.
    P=N/A M= 29875 L= 29881

    Because 29875 and 29881 were performed in separate compartments, both can be reported with the use of a modifier.

    I hope this makes sense and helps!
    Tracey Thompson, CPC, CPPM

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