Subscapularis and Supraspinatus Repair

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 of the additional portals to accomplish the second repair.   Medical necessity for the additional portal must be supported.

*This response is based on the best information available as of 06/20/19.

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