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CPT codes for open exploration of RC and arthroscopic SAD

Teresa Posted Tue 24th of March, 2015 13:09:12 PM

Our doc did and shoulder scope with SAD and then did an open exploration of the RC w/o repair..which codes should I use?

SuperCoder Answered Wed 25th of March, 2015 09:21:15 AM

If the subacromial decompression is the only procedure and no rotator cuff repair was performed, then the code billed would be for limited debridement CPT 29822. We would not even be able to bill diagnostic arthroscopy for rotator cuff exploration as diagnostic arthroscopy is only billed when no other arthroscopic procedure is done.

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