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Orthopedic Coding Alert

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Dig Deep To Nail The Right Code For Subacromial Calcific Tendinitis

Curettage and tendon repair are inclusive to 23000. When your surgeon removes calcific deposits in the shoulder, you'll stand a better chance of capturing full reimbursement if you're well versed in the procedure's complexities, which typically include cutting the muscle, incising the bursa, and curettage of the cavity to remove the damaged tissue. \"It is one of the most painful conditions in the shoulder that can come on acutely without an injury,\" offers Bill Mallon, MD, medical director, Triangle Orthopedic Associates, Durham, N.C. Heed the advice below to hit the right code every time you report this procedure. Let This Scenario Guide Your Open Procedure Coding Though rare, you may encounter an open procedure to remove subacromial calcific deposits, as described in the op note that follows: \"The patient was placed with back on the table and folded sheets were used as supports under the shoulder blade and hip on [...]

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