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Orthopedic Coding Alert

Shoulders:
Don't Let Tissue Scaffolding Procedures Complicate Your RCR Claims

Scrutinize the op report to determine whether the physician used a tissue scaffolding device. If your orthopedic surgeon documents using a tissue scaffold such as the GraftJacket, Conexa or another similar implant during rotator cuff repairs, you may find yourself in a coding quagmire — CPT® does not include a code for the tissue scaffolding procedure, but the physician thinks [...]