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    Question Wrist arthroscopy with an open procedure

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    I have an op note where the dr. did a diagnostic wrist arthroscopy & then went to an open wrist capsulodesis, I am thinking not to code the diagnostic arthroscopy & just code the open procedure.

    Any thoughts - thanks.


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    Apr 2007
    Greater Pittsburgh


    Yes, you are correct, if the physician does a diagnositc scope then opens to complete a procedure it is included and you only bill the open procedure in this case.
    jdemar, CPC, CMA

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    thank you.

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