Category: Orthopaedics

Superior Capsular Reconstruction
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Superior Capsular Reconstruction

July 11, 2019 Question: What CPT codes do I use for comparison when the surgeon performs a superior capsular reconstruction? I know I have to use an unlisted code. Answer: Great job in knowing that this procedure is reported with an unlisted code. The AAOS recommends comparing this procedure to CPT codes 29827 and 29806. ...

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Tips and Best Practices for Using Code-X

Tips and Best Practices for Using Code-X AAOS Now – June 2019  by Cheryl Toth After speaking with Michael Marks, MD, MBA, and Margaret Maley, BSN, senior consultants from KarenZupko & Associates, Inc., (KZA) about the most valuable features of Code-X in part one, Cheryl Toth, MBA, spoke with Madelaine Reese, senior product manager of online learning...

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Coding Experts Weigh in on the Value of Code-X

Coding Experts Weigh in on the Value of Code-X AAOS Now – May 2019  by Cheryl Toth If you are looking for an electronic tool that makes code selection easier and gives your practice powerful data for reducing denials, strengthening appeals, and validating plan payments, the Academy’s Code-X software tool is a good choice. Code-X is a...

Subscapularis and Supraspinatus Repair
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Subscapularis and Supraspinatus Repair

June 20, 2019 Question: I perform an arthroscopic repair of the supraspinatus and subscapularis tendons through separate incisions/portals.   May I report CPT code 29827 twice? Answer: CPT code 29827, arthroscopic rotator cuff repair is reported one time regardless of whether one or all four tendons are repaired.  Consider adding modifier 22 for the additional complexity...

Laminoplasty
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Laminoplasty

April 25, 2019 Question: My surgeon did a C2-C7 laminoplasty and reconstructed with mini-plates. What code should I use?  Answer: This procedure is reported using CPT 63051 (Laminoplasty, cervical, with decompression of the spinal cord, 2 or more vertebral segments; with reconstruction of the posterior bony elements (including the application of bridging bone graft and...

Call Coverage: Return to OR
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Call Coverage: Return to OR

April 11, 2019 Question: I appreciate your patience in answering my questions.  I understand the E&M scenarios so let me throw in another type of call coverage relationship.  Recently, I returned a patient to the OR for the physician I was covering; the patient had dislocated their hip after a hip arthroplasty.  I reported CPT...

Weekend Rounds (Part 2)
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Weekend Rounds (Part 2)

March 28, 2019 Question: Thanks for answering my question last time – I get it now that I would not charge for rounding on post-op patients of my call partners. What about non-surgical patients?  Occasionally we may have a patient hospitalized with a non-operative condition such as septic arthritis for IV antibiotics that require evaluation...

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