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Orthopedic Coding Alert

Coding Strategies:

Apply These Secrets To Success for Arthroscopic Chondroplasty, Loose Body Removal Claims

Tip: Don't bill chondral debridement with meniscectomy or foreign body removal.When billing the arthroscopic procedures in the knee, you'll stand a better chance of full reimbursement if you're scrutinizing the notes for these key items: which compartment your surgeon is working on, what exactly is being done, the size of the foreign body, and incisions made. An added twist is that the foreign body rules that may allow you to report the removal with chondroplasty do not always apply. See the advice below on how you will watch for the bundle in meniscectomy and foreign body removal.Watch the Bundle In Meniscectomy and Foreign Body RemovalYou will need to know the bundling of code G0289 (Arthroscopy, knee, surgical, for removal of loose body, foreign body, debridement/shaving of articular cartilage [chrondroplasty] at the time of other surgical knee arthroscopy in a different compartment of the same knee) into 29880 (Arthroscopy, knee, surgical; [...]

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