Tag Archives: 29873
Posted on 18. Oct, 2009 by .
Here’s a handy introduction to common ICD-9 codes related to the knee, along with examples of CPT codes for procedures physicians perform to treat knee diagnoses.
Chondromalacia patella (717.7) is also known as “patellofemoral syndrome” or “runner’s knee.” This condition results when the cartilage under the patient’s patella becomes damaged and causes pain particularly when the patient climbs stairs or bends his knee.
This is a common condition among runners or other athletes who jump, squat or climb. But chondromalacia patella can also be associated with arthritis, so the condition affects patients in all age groups.
Posted on 26. Aug, 2009 by .
This week is the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s telescope, so let’s celebrate in our own small coding way and get our own scope coding correct.
If your physician performs several knee arthroscopies on the same patient on the same day, you’ll need to understand the multiple- scope rule to determine which procedures you can actually claim — and get paid for.
Important exception: Keep in mind that the multiple scope rule is a Medicare creation. The rule applies mainly to shoulder and knee procedures in the orthopedic practice, for example, but it also affects those of the elbow, wrist, and hip. On the other hand, it does not apply to ankle or metacarpophalangeal (MCP) arthroscopy, and it doesn’t affect arthroscopically aided procedures (29851, 29855-29856, 29888-29889, and 29892). In addition, some surgical knee arthroscopies are excluded from the family – specifically, 29866-29868.
Follow these 4 expert-approved tips to clinch your coding every time.