Meniscal Repair and Meniscectomy

Meniscal Repair and Meniscectomy

March 5, 2020

Question:
Can I bill for a medial meniscus repair and a lateral meniscus meniscectomy done on the same knee? I see CMS has an NCCI edit between the two codes, 29881 and 29882.

Answer:
Yes, you may report both codes and append modifier 59 to indicate the procedures were performed on different anatomic sites. CPT, AAOS, and NCCI consider the compartments of the knee to be distinct anatomic structures.

*This response is based on the best information available as of 03/05/20

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