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  1. #1
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    Apr 2007
    Salt Lake City

    Default Guidelines for arthrogram

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    Can anyone tell me where I might find the guidlines arthrograms. We have a physician who wants to bill 27370 and 73580 everytime he does a Supartz injection. I know that it should be coded 20610 and the guidance but I need written proof of what and why to show to him.
    Jenifer McPolin CPC, CPMA, RCC

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    Apr 2007
    Kennewick, WA

    Default Supartz Injection

    Our orthopedic surgeons are using CPT 20610 injection of major joint for the Supartz, Hyalgan, and Synvisc-One in the office. (Arthrocentesis = puncture into joint)

    They could also use CPT 20610 in the outpatient setting with or w/o imaging guidance.

    Per Ingenix Orthopedics-Lower: Hips & Below: Arthrogram, CPT 27370, "Air, and either a single or double contrast agent is injected into the femoropatellar space. This procedure includes introduction of a catheter and injection of contrast dye for a radiologic procedure."

    Does that help?
    Donna Christian, CCS-P, COSC (2011)

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    Apr 2007
    Salt Lake City


    Yes thank you
    Jenifer McPolin CPC, CPMA, RCC

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