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Orthopedic Coding Quick Start Guide: ASC Shoulder Procedures

Posted on 11. Oct, 2009 by in Hot Coding Topics

Shoulder ICD-9 and CPT codes you’ll most likely see in the orthopedic ASC setting — explained.

If you’re an orthopedic coder, you don’t have to shoulder your shoulder coding burdens alone. We’ve rounded up a handy reference list of shoulder problems (along with sample procedures that fix them) that you’ll come across in an ambulatory surgical center setting.

AC Joint Separation

A separation of the acromioclavicular (AC) joint (831.04, Dislocation of shoulder; acromioclavicular [joint]), also called a “shoulder separation,” occurs when the clavicle and acromion separate due to a strain, sprain or tear of one or more shoulder ligaments. In the most serious form of AC joint separation, both the acromioclavicular ligament and the coracoclavicular ligament are completely torn. These injuries often occur following a fall or a direct blow to the shoulder, often during sports, and can cause intense shoulder pain.

If the injury is a grade 1 separation...

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