Diagnostic Arthroscopy and Meniscectomy

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January 8, 2015

Question:
Can I report a right meniscectomy and left diagnostic knee arthroscopy during the same session?

Answer:
Yes, CPT code 29881 (meniscectomy) and CPT code 29870 (diagnostic arthroscopy) are reportable during the same operative session when they are independently performed on different knees. Use of modifiers may be payor dependent. According to CPT rules, you would report 29881 and 29870-59. Some payors may want the RT/LT modifiers alone; some payors may want the RT/LT and the 59. In 2015, the “X” modifier for separate structure might be required.

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