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Frequently Used Knee Codes

Knee CPT Codes

CPT Code 29850 CPT Code 29870 CPT Code 29880 CPT Code 29888
CPT Code 29851 CPT Code 29871 CPT Code 29881 CPT Code 29889
CPT Code 29855 CPT Code 29873 CPT Code 29882  
CPT Code 29856 CPT Code 29874 CPT Code 29883  
CPT Code 29860 CPT Code 29875 CPT Code 29884  
CPT Code 29866 CPT Code 29876 CPT Code 29885  
CPT Code 29867 CPT Code 29877 CPT Code 29886  
CPT Code 29868 CPT Code 29879 CPT Code 29887  

 CPT Code: 29850

Arthroscopically aided treatment of intercondylar spine(s) and/or tuberosity fracture(s) of the knee, with or without manipulation; without internal or external fixation (includes arthroscopy)

Intraoperative services included in the global service package:

1. local infiltration of medication(s), anesthetic, or contrast agent before, during, or at the conclusion of the operation
2. suture or staple removal by operating surgeon or designee
3. surgical approach, with necessary identification, isolation, and protection of anatomic structures, including hemostasis and minor skin scar revision
4. obtaining wound specimen(s) for culture
5. wound irrigation
6. intraoperative photo(s) and/or video recording, excluding ionizing radiation
7. intraoperative supervision and positioning of imaging and/or monitoring equipment by operating surgeon or assistant(s)
8. insertion, placement, and removal of surgical drain(s), re-infusion device(s), irrigation tube(s), or catheter(s)
9. closure of wound and repair of tissues divided for initial surgical exposure, partial or complete
10. application of initial dressing, orthosis, continuous passive motion, splint or cast, including traction, except where specifically excluded from global package
11. preparation and insertion of synthetic bone substitutes, osteoconductive and osteoinductive agents (eg, hydroxyapatite, calcium phosphates, coral, methylmethacrylate, demineralized bone matrix, bone morphogenetic proteins), except where specifically excluded
12. synovial resection for visualization
13. knee arthroscopy, diagnostic (eg, 29870)
14. manipulation under anesthesia (eg, 27570)

Intraoperative services not included in the global service package:

1. supplies and medication (eg, code 99070, HCPCS Level II codes)
2. insertion, removal, or exchange of nonbiodegradable drug delivery implants (eg, 11981–11983)
3. harvesting of graft through separate skin or fascial incision, distant site
4. arthroscopic meniscectomy or meniscal repair (eg, 27332, 27333, 27403, 29880–29883)
5. arthroscopic removal of loose or foreign bodies greater than 5 mm or through a separate incision (eg, 29874)
6. arthroscopic chondroplasty (eg, 29877)
7. arthroscopic treatment of osteochondral lesion/injury (eg, 29885–29887)

Medicare global fee period: 90 days

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CPT Code: 29851

Arthroscopically aided treatment of intercondylar spine(s) and/or tuberosity fracture(s) of the knee, with or without manipulation; with internal or external fixation (includes arthroscopy)

Intraoperative services included in the global service package:

1. local infiltration of medication(s), anesthetic, or contrast agent before, during, or at the conclusion of the operation
2. suture or staple removal by operating surgeon or designee
3. surgical approach, with necessary identification, isolation, and protection of anatomic structures, including hemostasis and minor skin scar revision
4. obtaining wound specimen(s) for culture
5. wound irrigation
6. intraoperative photo(s) and/or video recording, excluding ionizing radiation
7. intraoperative supervision and positioning of imaging and/or monitoring equipment by operating surgeon or assistant(s)
8. insertion, placement, and removal of surgical drain(s), re-infusion device(s), irrigation tube(s), or catheter(s)
9. closure of wound and repair of tissues divided for initial surgical exposure, partial or complete
10. application of initial dressing, orthosis, continuous passive motion, splint or cast, including traction, except where specifically excluded from global package
11. preparation and insertion of synthetic bone substitutes, osteoconductive and osteoinductive agents (eg, hydroxyapatite, calcium phosphates, coral, methylmethacrylate, demineralized bone matrix, bone morphogenetic proteins), except where specifically excluded
12. synovial resection for visualization
13. knee arthroscopy, diagnostic (eg, 29870)
14. manipulation under anesthesia (eg, 27570)

Intraoperative services not included in the global service package:

1. supplies and medication (eg, code 99070, HCPCS Level II codes)
2. insertion, removal, or exchange of nonbiodegradable drug delivery implants (eg, 11981–11983)
3. harvesting of graft through separate skin or fascial incision, distant site
4. arthroscopic meniscectomy or meniscal repair (eg, 27332, 27333, 27403, 29880–29883)
5. arthroscopic removal of loose or foreign bodies greater than 5 mm or through a separate incision (eg, 29874)
6. arthroscopic chondroplasty (eg, 29877)
7. arthroscopic treatment of osteochondral lesion/injury (eg, 29885–29887)

Medicare global fee period: 90 days


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CPT Code: 29855

Arthroscopically aided treatment of tibial fracture, proximal (plateau); unicondylar, includes internal fixation, when performed (includes arthroscopy)

Intraoperative services included in the global service package:

1. local infiltration of medication(s), anesthetic, or contrast agent before, during, or at the conclusion of the operation
2. suture or staple removal by operating surgeon or designee
3. surgical approach, with necessary identification, isolation, and protection of anatomic structures, including hemostasis and minor skin scar revision
4. obtaining wound specimen(s) for culture
5. wound irrigation
6. intraoperative photo(s) and/or video recording, excluding ionizing radiation
7. intraoperative supervision and positioning of imaging and/or monitoring equipment by operating surgeon or assistant(s)
8. insertion, placement, and removal of surgical drain(s), re-infusion device(s), irrigation tube(s), or catheter(s)
9. closure of wound and repair of tissues divided for initial surgical exposure, partial or complete
10. application of initial dressing, orthosis, continuous passive motion, splint or cast, including traction, except where specifically excluded from global package
11. preparation and insertion of synthetic bone substitutes, osteoconductive and osteoinductive agents (eg, hydroxyapatite, calcium phosphates, coral, methylmethacrylate, demineralized bone matrix, bone morphogenetic proteins), except where specifically excluded
12. synovial resection for visualization
13. knee arthroscopy, diagnostic (eg, 29870)
14. manipulation under anesthesia (eg, 27570)

Intraoperative services not included in the global service package:

1. supplies and medication (eg, code 99070, HCPCS Level II codes)
2. insertion, removal, or exchange of nonbiodegradable drug delivery implants (eg, 11981–11983)
3. harvesting of graft through separate skin or fascial incision, distant site
4. arthroscopic meniscectomy or meniscal repair (eg, 29880–29883)
5. arthroscopic chondroplasty (eg, 29877)
6. arthroscopic removal of loose or foreign bodies greater than 5 mm or through a separate incision (eg, 29874)
7. arthroscopic treatment of intercondylar spine(s) or tuberosity fracture(s) (eg, 29850, 29851)
8. arthroscopic treatment of osteochondral lesion/injury (eg, 29885–29887) other than index tibial fracture

Medicare global fee period: 90 days

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CPT Code: 29856

Arthroscopically aided treatment of tibial fracture, proximal (plateau); bicondylar, includes internal fixation, when performed (includes arthroscopy)

Intraoperative services included in the global service package:

1. local infiltration of medication(s), anesthetic, or contrast agent before, during, or at the conclusion of the operation
2. suture or staple removal by operating surgeon or designee
3. surgical approach, with necessary identification, isolation, and protection of anatomic structures, including hemostasis and minor skin scar revision
4. obtaining wound specimen(s) for culture
5. wound irrigation
6. intraoperative photo(s) and/or video recording, excluding ionizing radiation
7. intraoperative supervision and positioning of imaging and/or monitoring equipment by operating surgeon or assistant(s)
8. insertion, placement, and removal of surgical drain(s), re-infusion device(s), irrigation tube(s), or catheter(s)
9. closure of wound and repair of tissues divided for initial surgical exposure, partial or complete
10. application of initial dressing, orthosis, continuous passive motion, splint or cast, including traction, except where specifically excluded from global package
11. preparation and insertion of synthetic bone substitutes, osteoconductive and osteoinductive agents (eg, hydroxyapatite, calcium phosphates, coral, methylmethacrylate, demineralized bone matrix, bone morphogenetic proteins), except where specifically excluded
12. synovial resection for visualization
13. knee arthroscopy, diagnostic (eg, 29870)
14. manipulation under anesthesia (eg, 27570)

Intraoperative services not included in the global service package:

1. supplies and medication (eg, code 99070, HCPCS Level II codes)
2. insertion, removal, or exchange of nonbiodegradable drug delivery implants (eg, 11981–11983)
3. harvesting of graft through separate skin or fascial incision, distant site
4. arthroscopic meniscectomy or meniscal repair (eg, 29880–29883)
5. arthroscopic chondroplasty (eg, 29877)
6. arthroscopic removal of loose or foreign bodies greater than 5 mm or through a separate incision (eg, 29874)
7. arthroscopic treatment of intercondylar spine(s) or tuberosity fracture(s) (eg, 29850, 29851)
8. .arthroscopic treatment of osteochondral lesion/injury (eg, 29885–29887) other than index tibial fractures

Medicare global fee period: 90 days


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CPT Code: 29860

Arthroscopy, hip, diagnostic with or without synovial biopsy (separate procedure)

Intraoperative services included in the global service package:

1. local infiltration of medication(s), anesthetic, or contrast agent before, during, or at the conclusion of the operation
2. suture or staple removal by operating surgeon or designee
3. surgical approach, with necessary identification, isolation, and protection of anatomic structures, including hemostasis and minor skin scar revision
4. obtaining wound specimen(s) for culture
5. wound irrigation
6. intraoperative photo(s) and/or video recording, excluding ionizing radiation
7. intraoperative supervision and positioning of imaging and/or monitoring equipment by operating surgeon or assistant(s)
8. insertion, placement, and removal of surgical drain(s), re-infusion device(s), irrigation tube(s), or catheter(s)
9. closure of wound and repair of tissues divided for initial surgical exposure, partial or complete
10. application of initial dressing, orthosis, continuous passive motion, splint or cast, including traction, except where specifically excluded from global package

Intraoperative services not included in the global service package:

1. supplies and medication (eg, code 99070, HCPCS Level II codes)
2. insertion, removal, or exchange of nonbiodegradable drug delivery implants (eg, 11981–11983)

Medicare global fee period: 90 days

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CPT Code: 29866

Arthroscopy, knee, surgical; osteochondral autograft(s) (eg, mosaicplasty) (includes harvesting of the autograft[s])

Intraoperative services included in the global service package:

1. local infiltration of medication(s), anesthetic, or contrast agent before, during, or at the conclusion of the operation
2. suture or staple removal by operating surgeon or designee
3. surgical approach, with necessary identification, isolation, and protection of anatomic structures, including hemostasis and minor skin scar revision
4. obtaining wound specimen(s) for culture
5. wound irrigation
6. intraoperative photo(s) and/or video recording, excluding ionizing radiation
7. intraoperative supervision and positioning of imaging and/or monitoring equipment by operating surgeon or assistant(s)
8. insertion, placement, and removal of surgical drain(s), re-infusion device(s), irrigation tube(s), or catheter(s)
9. closure of wound and repair of tissues divided for initial surgical exposure, partial or complete
10. application of initial dressing, orthosis, continuous passive motion, splint or cast, including traction, except where specifically excluded from global package
11. preparation and insertion of synthetic bone substitutes, osteoconductive and osteoinductive agents (eg, hydroxyapatite, calcium phosphates, coral, methylmethacrylate, demineralized bone matrix, bone morphogenetic proteins), except where specifically excluded
12. knee arthroscopy, diagnostic (eg, 29870)
13. synovial resection for visualization
14. manipulation under anesthesia (eg, 27570)

Intraoperative services not included in the global service package:

1. supplies and medication (eg, code 99070, HCPCS Level II codes)
2. insertion, removal, or exchange of nonbiodegradable drug delivery implants (eg, 11981–11983)
3. arthroscopic removal of loose (nonmeniscal) or foreign bodies greater than 5 mm and/or through a separate incision (eg, 29874)
4. arthroscopic chondroplasty, abrasion, multiple drilling, or microfracture, separate compartment (eg, 29877, 29879)
5. arthroscopic anterior cruciate ligament/posterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (eg, 29888, 29889)
6. arthroscopic treatment of chondral or osteochondral lesion/injury in compartment other than index compartment (29885–29887)

Medicare global fee period: 90 days

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CPT Code: 29867

Arthroscopy, knee, surgical; osteochondral allograft (eg, mosaicplasty)

Intraoperative services included in the global service package:

1. local infiltration of medication(s), anesthetic, or contrast agent before, during, or at the conclusion of the operation
2. suture or staple removal by operating surgeon or designee
3. surgical approach, with necessary identification, isolation, and protection of anatomic structures, including hemostasis and minor skin scar revision
4. obtaining wound specimen(s) for culture
5. wound irrigation
6. intraoperative photo(s) and/or video recording, excluding ionizing radiation
7. intraoperative supervision and positioning of imaging and/or monitoring equipment by operating surgeon or assistant(s)
8. insertion, placement, and removal of surgical drain(s), re-infusion device(s), irrigation tube(s), or catheter(s)
9. closure of wound and repair of tissues divided for initial surgical exposure, partial or complete
10. application of initial dressing, orthosis, continuous passive motion, splint or cast, including traction, except where specifically excluded from global package
11. preparation and insertion of synthetic bone substitutes, osteoconductive and osteoinductive agents (eg, hydroxyapatite, calcium phosphates, coral, methylmethacrylate, demineralized bone matrix, bone morphogenetic proteins), except where specifically excluded
12. knee arthroscopy, diagnostic (eg, 29870)
13. synovial resection for visualization
14. manipulation under anesthesia (eg, 27570)

Intraoperative services not included in the global service package:

1. supplies and medication (eg, code 99070, HCPCS Level II codes)
2. insertion, removal, or exchange of nonbiodegradable drug delivery implants (eg, 11981–11983)
3. arthroscopic removal of loose (nonmeniscal) or foreign bodies greater than 5 mm and/or through a separate incision (eg, 29874)
4. arthroscopic chondroplasty, abrasion, multiple drilling, or microfracture, separate compartment (eg, 29877, 29879)
5. arthroscopic anterior cruciate ligament/posterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (eg, 29888, 29889)
6. arthroscopic treatment of chondral or osteochondral lesion/injury in compartment other than index compartment (29885–29887)

Medicare global fee period: 90 days

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CPT Code: 29868

Arthroscopy, knee, surgical; meniscal transplantation (includes arthrotomy for meniscal insertion), medial or lateral

Intraoperative services included in the global service package:

1. local infiltration of medication(s), anesthetic, or contrast agent before, during, or at the conclusion of the operation
2. suture or staple removal by operating surgeon or designee
3. surgical approach, with necessary identification, isolation, and protection of anatomic structures, including hemostasis and minor skin scar revision
4. obtaining wound specimen(s) for culture
5. wound irrigation
6. intraoperative photo(s) and/or video recording, excluding ionizing radiation
7. intraoperative supervision and positioning of imaging and/or monitoring equipment by operating surgeon or assistant(s)
8. insertion, placement, and removal of surgical drain(s), re-infusion device(s), irrigation tube(s), or catheter(s)
9. closure of wound and repair of tissues divided for initial surgical exposure, partial or complete
10. application of initial dressing, orthosis, continuous passive motion, splint or cast, including traction, except where specifically excluded from global package
11. preparation and insertion of synthetic bone substitutes, osteoconductive and osteoinductive agents (eg, hydroxyapatite, calcium phosphates, coral, methylmethacrylate, demineralized bone matrix, bone morphogenetic proteins), except where specifically excluded
12. knee arthroscopy, diagnostic (eg, 29870)
13. synovial resection for visualization
14. manipulation under anesthesia (eg, 27570)

Intraoperative services not included in the global service package:

1. supplies and medication (eg, code 99070, HCPCS Level II codes)
2. insertion, removal, or exchange of nonbiodegradable drug delivery implants (eg, 11981–11983)
3. arthroscopic removal of loose (nonmeniscal) or foreign bodies greater than 5 mm and/or through a separate incision (eg, 29874)
4. arthroscopic chondroplasty, abrasion, multiple drilling or microfracture, separate compartment (eg, 29877, 29879)
5. arthroscopic anterior cruciate ligament/posterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (eg, 29888, 29889)
6. arthroscopy knee, with osteochondral graft (eg, 29866, 29867)

Medicare global fee period: 90 days

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CPT Code: 29870

Arthroscopy, knee, diagnostic, with or without synovial biopsy (separate procedure)

Intraoperative services included in the global service package:

1. local infiltration of medication(s), anesthetic, or contrast agent before, during, or at the conclusion of the operation
2. suture or staple removal by operating surgeon or designee
3. surgical approach, with necessary identification, isolation, and protection of anatomic structures, including hemostasis and minor skin scar revision
4. obtaining wound specimen(s) for culture
5. wound irrigation
6. intraoperative photo(s) and/or video recording, excluding ionizing radiation
7. intraoperative supervision and positioning of imaging and/or monitoring equipment by operating surgeon or assistant(s)
8. insertion, placement, and removal of surgical drain(s), re-infusion device(s), irrigation tube(s), or catheter(s)
9. closure of wound and repair of tissues divided for initial surgical exposure, partial or complete
10. application of initial dressing, orthosis, continuous passive motion, splint or cast, including traction, except where specifically excluded from global package
11. synovial resection for visualization
12. manipulation under anesthesia (eg, 27570)

Intraoperative services not included in the global service package:

1. supplies and medication (eg, code 99070, HCPCS Level II codes)
2. insertion, removal, or exchange of nonbiodegradable drug delivery implants (eg, 11981–11983)

Medicare global fee period: 90 days

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CPT Code: 29871

Arthroscopy, knee, surgical; for infection, lavage and drainage

Intraoperative services included in the global service package:

1. local infiltration of medication(s), anesthetic, or contrast agent before, during, or at the conclusion of the operation
2. suture or staple removal by operating surgeon or designee
3. surgical approach, with necessary identification, isolation, and protection of anatomic structures, including hemostasis and minor skin scar revision
4. obtaining wound specimen(s) for culture
5. wound irrigation
6. intraoperative photo(s) and/or video recording, excluding ionizing radiation
7. intraoperative supervision and positioning of imaging and/or monitoring equipment by operating surgeon or assistant(s)
8. insertion, placement, and removal of surgical drain(s), re-infusion device(s), irrigation tube(s), or catheter(s)
9. closure of wound and repair of tissues divided for initial surgical exposure, partial or complete
10. application of initial dressing, orthosis, continuous passive motion, splint or cast, including traction, except where specifically excluded from global package
11. synovial resection for visualization
12. knee arthroscopy, diagnostic (eg, 29870)
13. manipulation under anesthesia (eg, 27570)

Intraoperative services not included in the global service package:

1. supplies and medication (eg, code 99070, HCPCS Level II codes)
2. insertion, removal, or exchange of nonbiodegradable drug delivery implants (eg, 11981–11983)

Medicare global fee period: 90 days

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CPT Code: 29873

Arthroscopy, knee, surgical; with lateral release

Intraoperative services included in the global service package:

1. local infiltration of medication(s), anesthetic, or contrast agent before, during, or at the conclusion of the operation
2. suture or staple removal by operating surgeon or designee
3. surgical approach, with necessary identification, isolation, and protection of anatomic structures, including hemostasis and minor skin scar revision
4. obtaining wound specimen(s) for culture
5. wound irrigation
6. intraoperative photo(s) and/or video recording, excluding ionizing radiation
7. intraoperative supervision and positioning of imaging and/or monitoring equipment by operating surgeon or assistant(s)
8. insertion, placement, and removal of surgical drain(s), re-infusion device(s), irrigation tube(s), or catheter(s)
9. closure of wound and repair of tissues divided for initial surgical exposure, partial or complete
10. application of initial dressing, orthosis, continuous passive motion, splint or cast, including traction, except where specifically excluded from global package
11. preparation and insertion of synthetic bone substitutes, osteoconductive and osteoinductive agents (eg, hydroxyapatite, calcium phosphates, coral, methylmethacrylate, demineralized bone matrix, bone morphogenetic proteins), except where specifically excluded
12. knee arthroscopy, diagnostic (eg, 29870)
13. synovial resection for visualization
14. manipulation under anesthesia (eg, 27570)

Intraoperative services not included in the global service package:

1. supplies and medication (eg, code 99070, HCPCS Level II codes)
2. insertion, removal, or exchange of nonbiodegradable drug delivery implants (eg, 11981–11983)
3. arthroscopic chondroplasty, abrasion, multiple drilling or microfracture, separate compartment (eg, 29877, 29879)
4. arthroscopic removal of loose or foreign bodies greater than 5 mm and/or through a separate incision (eg, 29874)

Medicare global fee period: 90 days

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CPT Code: 29874

Arthroscopy, knee, surgical; for removal of loose body or foreign body (eg, osteochondritis dissecans fragmentation, chondral fragmentation)

Intraoperative services included in the global service package:

1. local infiltration of medication(s), anesthetic, or contrast agent before, during, or at the conclusion of the operation
2. suture or staple removal by operating surgeon or designee
3. surgical approach, with necessary identification, isolation, and protection of anatomic structures, including hemostasis and minor skin scar revision
4. obtaining wound specimen(s) for culture
5. wound irrigation
6. intraoperative photo(s) and/or video recording, excluding ionizing radiation
7. intraoperative supervision and positioning of imaging and/or monitoring equipment by operating surgeon or assistant(s)
8. insertion, placement, and removal of surgical drain(s), re-infusion device(s), irrigation tube(s), or catheter(s)
9. closure of wound and repair of tissues divided for initial surgical exposure, partial or complete
10. application of initial dressing, orthosis, continuous passive motion, splint or cast, including traction, except where specifically excluded from global package
11. synovial resection for visualization
12. knee arthroscopy, diagnostic (eg, 29870)
13. manipulation under anesthesia (eg, 27570)

Intraoperative services not included in the global service package:

1. supplies and medication (eg, code 99070, HCPCS Level II codes)
2. insertion, removal, or exchange of nonbiodegradable drug delivery implants (eg, 11981–11983)
3. arthroscopic chondroplasty, abrasion, multiple drilling or microfracture, separate compartment (eg, 29877, 29879)

Medicare global fee period: 90 days

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CPT Code: 29875

Arthroscopy, knee, surgical; synovectomy, limited (eg, plica or shelf resection) (separate procedure)

Intraoperative services included in the global service package:

1. local infiltration of medication(s), anesthetic, or contrast agent before, during, or at the conclusion of the operation
2. suture or staple removal by operating surgeon or designee
3. surgical approach, with necessary identification, isolation, and protection of anatomic structures, including hemostasis and minor skin scar revision
4. obtaining wound specimen(s) for culture
5. wound irrigation
6. intraoperative photo(s) and/or video recording, excluding ionizing radiation
7. intraoperative supervision and positioning of imaging and/or monitoring equipment by operating surgeon or assistant(s)
8. insertion, placement, and removal of surgical drain(s), re-infusion device(s), irrigation tube(s), or catheter(s)
9. closure of wound and repair of tissues divided for initial surgical exposure, partial or complete
10. application of initial dressing, orthosis, continuous passive motion, splint or cast, including traction, except where specifically excluded from global package
11. knee arthroscopy, diagnostic (eg, 29870)
12. manipulation under anesthesia (eg, 27570)

Intraoperative services not included in the global service package:

1. supplies and medication (eg, code 99070, HCPCS Level II codes)
2. insertion, removal, or exchange of nonbiodegradable drug delivery implants (eg, 11981–11983)

Medicare global fee period: 90 days

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CPT Code: 29876

Arthroscopy, knee, surgical; synovectomy, major, 2 or more compartments (eg, medial or lateral)

Intraoperative services included in the global service package:

1. local infiltration of medication(s), anesthetic, or contrast agent before, during, or at the conclusion of the operation
2. suture or staple removal by operating surgeon or designee
3. surgical approach, with necessary identification, isolation, and protection of anatomic structures, including hemostasis and minor skin scar revision
4. obtaining wound specimen(s) for culture
5. wound irrigation
6. intraoperative photo(s) and/or video recording, excluding ionizing radiation
7. intraoperative supervision and positioning of imaging and/or monitoring equipment by operating surgeon or assistant(s)
8. insertion, placement, and removal of surgical drain(s), re-infusion device(s), irrigation tube(s), or catheter(s)
9. closure of wound and repair of tissues divided for initial surgical exposure, partial or complete
10. application of initial dressing, orthosis, continuous passive motion, splint or cast, including traction, except where specifically excluded from global package
11. knee arthroscopy, diagnostic (eg, 29870)
12. manipulation under anesthesia (eg, 27570)

Intraoperative services not included in the global service package:

1. supplies and medication (eg, code 99070, HCPCS Level II codes)
2. insertion, removal, or exchange of nonbiodegradable drug delivery implants (eg, 11981–11983)
3. arthroscopic removal of loose or foreign bodies greater than 5 mm or through a separate incision (eg, 29874)
4. arthroscopic chondroplasty, abrasion, multiple drilling or microfracture, separate compartment (eg, 29877, 29879)

Medicare global fee period: 90 days

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CPT Code: 29877

Arthroscopy, knee, surgical; debridement/shaving of articular cartilage (chondroplasty)

Intraoperative services included in the global service package:

1. local infiltration of medication(s), anesthetic, or contrast agent before, during, or at the conclusion of the operation
2. suture or staple removal by operating surgeon or designee
3. surgical approach, with necessary identification, isolation, and protection of anatomic structures, including hemostasis and minor skin scar revision
4. obtaining wound specimen(s) for culture
5. wound irrigation
6. intraoperative photo(s) and/or video recording, excluding ionizing radiation
7. intraoperative supervision and positioning of imaging and/or monitoring equipment by operating surgeon or assistant(s)
8. insertion, placement, and removal of surgical drain(s), re-infusion device(s), irrigation tube(s), or catheter(s)
9. closure of wound and repair of tissues divided for initial surgical exposure, partial or complete
10. application of initial dressing, orthosis, continuous passive motion, splint or cast, including traction, except where specifically excluded from global package
11. bone matrix, bone morphogenetic proteins), except where specifically excluded
12. knee arthroscopy, diagnostic (eg, 29870)
13. manipulation under anesthesia (eg, 27570)
14. minor synovial resection for visualization

Intraoperative services not included in the global service package:

1. supplies and medication (eg, code 99070, HCPCS Level II codes)
2. insertion, removal, or exchange of nonbiodegradable drug delivery implants (eg, 11981–11983)
3. arthroscopic removal of loose or foreign bodies greater than 5 mm or through a separate incision (eg, 29874)
4. arthroscopic meniscectomy or meniscal repair (eg, 29880–29883)

Medicare global fee period: 90 days

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CPT Code: 29879

Arthroscopy, knee, surgical; abrasion arthroplasty (includes chondroplasty where necessary) or multiple drilling or microfracture

Intraoperative services included in the global service package:

1. local infiltration of medication(s), anesthetic, or contrast agent before, during, or at the conclusion of the operation
2. suture or staple removal by operating surgeon or designee
3. surgical approach, with necessary identification, isolation, and protection of anatomic structures, including hemostasis and minor skin scar revision
4. obtaining wound specimen(s) for culture
5. wound irrigation
6. intraoperative photo(s) and/or video recording, excluding ionizing radiation
7. intraoperative supervision and positioning of imaging and/or monitoring equipment by operating surgeon or assistant(s)
8. insertion, placement, and removal of surgical drain(s), re-infusion device(s), irrigation tube(s), or catheter(s)
9. closure of wound and repair of tissues divided for initial surgical exposure, partial or complete
10. application of initial dressing, orthosis, continuous passive motion, splint or cast, including traction, except where specifically excluded from global package
11. preparation and insertion of synthetic bone substitutes, osteoconductive and osteoinductive agents (eg, hydroxyapatite, calcium phosphates, coral, methylmethacrylate, demineralized bone matrix, bone morphogenetic proteins), except where specifically excluded
12. synovial resection for visualization
13. knee arthroscopy, diagnostic (eg, 29870)
14. manipulation under anesthesia (eg, 27570)

Intraoperative services not included in the global service package:

1. supplies and medication (eg, code 99070, HCPCS Level II codes)
2. insertion, removal, or exchange of nonbiodegradable drug delivery implants (eg, 11981–11983)
3. arthroscopic removal of loose or foreign bodies greater than 5 mm or through a separate incision (eg, 29874)
4. arthroscopic meniscectomy or meniscal repair (eg, 29880–29883)

Medicare global fee period: 90 days

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CPT Code: 29880

Arthroscopy, knee, surgical; with meniscectomy (medial AND lateral, including any meniscal shaving)

Intraoperative services included in the global service package:

1. local infiltration of medication(s), anesthetic, or contrast agent before, during, or at the conclusion of the operation
2. suture or staple removal by operating surgeon or designee
3. surgical approach, with necessary identification, isolation, and protection of anatomic structures, including hemostasis and minor skin scar revision
4. obtaining wound specimen(s) for culture
5. wound irrigation
6. intraoperative photo(s) and/or video recording, excluding ionizing radiation
7. intraoperative supervision and positioning of imaging and/or monitoring equipment by operating surgeon or assistant(s)
8. insertion, placement, and removal of surgical drain(s), re-infusion device(s), irrigation tube(s), or catheter(s)
9. closure of wound and repair of tissues divided for initial surgical exposure, partial or complete
10. application of initial dressing, orthosis, continuous passive motion, splint or cast, including traction, except where specifically excluded from global package
11. preparation and insertion of synthetic bone substitutes, osteoconductive and osteoinductive agents (eg, hydroxyapatite, calcium phosphates, coral, methylmethacrylate, demineralized bone matrix, bone morphogenetic proteins), except where specifically excluded
12. synovial resection for visualization
13. knee arthroscopy, diagnostic (eg, 29870)
14. manipulation under anesthesia (eg, 27570)

Intraoperative services not included in the global service package:

1. supplies and medication (eg, code 99070, HCPCS Level II codes)
2. insertion, removal, or exchange of nonbiodegradable drug delivery implants (eg, 11981–11983)
3. arthroscopic removal of loose (nonmeniscal) or foreign bodies greater than 5 mm or through a separate incision (eg, 29874)
4. arthroscopic chondroplasty, abrasion, multiple drilling or microfracture, separate compartment (eg, 29877, 29879)
5. arthroscopic synovectomy (eg, 29876)

Medicare global fee period: 90 days

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CPT Code: 29881

Arthroscopy, knee, surgical; with meniscectomy (medial OR lateral, including any meniscal shaving)

Intraoperative services included in the global service package:

1. local infiltration of medication(s), anesthetic, or contrast agent before, during, or at the conclusion of the operation
2. suture or staple removal by operating surgeon or designee
3. surgical approach, with necessary identification, isolation, and protection of anatomic structures, including hemostasis and minor skin scar revision
4. obtaining wound specimen(s) for culture
5. wound irrigation
6. intraoperative photo(s) and/or video recording, excluding ionizing radiation
7. intraoperative supervision and positioning of imaging and/or monitoring equipment by operating surgeon or assistant(s)
8. insertion, placement, and removal of surgical drain(s), re-infusion device(s), irrigation tube(s), or catheter(s)
9. closure of wound and repair of tissues divided for initial surgical exposure, partial or complete
10. application of initial dressing, orthosis, continuous passive motion, splint or cast, including traction, except where specifically excluded from global package
11. preparation and insertion of synthetic bone substitutes, osteoconductive and osteoinductive agents (eg, hydroxyapatite, calcium phosphates, coral, methylmethacrylate, demineralized bone matrix, bone morphogenetic proteins), except where specifically excluded
12. synovial resection for visualization
13. knee arthroscopy, diagnostic (eg, 29870)
14. manipulation under anesthesia (eg, 27570)

Intraoperative services not included in the global service package:

1. supplies and medication (eg, code 99070, HCPCS Level II codes)
2. insertion, removal, or exchange of nonbiodegradable drug delivery implants (eg, 11981–11983)
3. meniscus repair, other meniscus (eg, 29882)
4. arthroscopic removal of loose (nonmeniscal) or foreign bodies greater than 5 mm and/or through a separate incision (eg, 29874)
5. arthroscopic chondroplasty, abrasion, multiple drilling or microfracture, separate compartment (eg, 29877, 29879)
6. arthroscopic synovectomy (eg, 29876)

Medicare global fee period: 90 days

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CPT Code: 29882

Arthroscopy, knee, surgical; with meniscus repair (medial OR lateral)

Intraoperative services included in the global service package:

1. local infiltration of medication(s), anesthetic, or contrast agent before, during, or at the conclusion of the operation
2. suture or staple removal by operating surgeon or designee
3. surgical approach, with necessary identification, isolation, and protection of anatomic structures, including hemostasis and minor skin scar revision
4. obtaining wound specimen(s) for culture
5. wound irrigation
6. intraoperative photo(s) and/or video recording, excluding ionizing radiation
7. intraoperative supervision and positioning of imaging and/or monitoring equipment by operating surgeon or assistant(s)
8. insertion, placement, and removal of surgical drain(s), re-infusion device(s), irrigation tube(s), or catheter(s)
9. closure of wound and repair of tissues divided for initial surgical exposure, partial or complete
10. application of initial dressing, orthosis, continuous passive motion, splint or cast, including traction, except where specifically excluded from global package
11. preparation and insertion of synthetic bone substitutes, osteoconductive and osteoinductive agents (eg, hydroxyapatite, calcium phosphates, coral, methylmethacrylate, demineralized bone matrix, bone morphogenetic proteins), except where specifically excluded
12. synovial resection for visualization
13. knee arthroscopy, surgical, meniscectomy, medial and/or lateral, same leg (eg, 29880, 29881)
14. knee arthroscopy, diagnostic (eg, 29870)
15. manipulation under anesthesia (eg, 27570)

Intraoperative services not included in the global service package:

1. supplies and medication (eg, code 99070, HCPCS Level II codes)
2. insertion, removal, or exchange of nonbiodegradable drug delivery implants (eg, 11981–11983)
3. meniscectomy, other meniscus, other leg (eg, 29881)
4. arthroscopic removal of loose (nonmeniscal) or foreign bodies greater than 5 mm or through a separate incision (eg, 29874)
5. arthroscopic chondroplasty, abrasion, multiple drilling or microfracture, separate compartment (eg, 29877, 29879)
6. arthroscopic synovectomy (eg, 29876)

Medicare global fee period: 90 days

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CPT Code: 29883

Arthroscopy, knee, surgical; with meniscus repair (medial AND lateral)

Intraoperative services included in the global service package:

1. local infiltration of medication(s), anesthetic, or contrast agent before, during, or at the conclusion of the operation
2. suture or staple removal by operating surgeon or designee
3. surgical approach, with necessary identification, isolation, and protection of anatomic structures, including hemostasis and minor skin scar revision
4. obtaining wound specimen(s) for culture
5. wound irrigation
6. intraoperative photo(s) and/or video recording, excluding ionizing radiation
7. intraoperative supervision and positioning of imaging and/or monitoring equipment by operating surgeon or assistant(s)
8. insertion, placement, and removal of surgical drain(s), re-infusion device(s), irrigation tube(s), or catheter(s)
9. closure of wound and repair of tissues divided for initial surgical exposure, partial or complete
10. application of initial dressing, orthosis, continuous passive motion, splint or cast, including traction, except where specifically excluded from global package
11. preparation and insertion of synthetic bone substitutes, osteoconductive and osteoinductive agents (eg, hydroxyapatite, calcium phosphates, coral, methylmethacrylate, demineralized bone matrix, bone morphogenetic proteins), except where specifically excluded
12. synovial resection for visualization
13. knee arthroscopy, surgical, meniscectomy, medial and/or lateral (eg, 29880, 29881)
14. knee arthroscopy, surgical, medial or lateral meniscal repair (eg, 29882)
15. knee arthroscopy, diagnostic (eg, 29870)
16. manipulation under anesthesia (eg, 27570)

Intraoperative services not included in the global service package:

1. supplies and medication (eg, code 99070, HCPCS Level II codes)
2. insertion, removal, or exchange of nonbiodegradable drug delivery implants (eg, 11981–11983)
3. arthroscopic removal of loose (nonmeniscal) or foreign bodies greater than 5 mm or through a separate incision (eg, 29874)
4. arthroscopic chondroplasty, abrasion, multiple drilling or microfracture, separate compartment (eg, 29877, 29879)
5. arthroscopic synovectomy (eg, 29876)

Medicare global fee period: 90 days

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CPT Code: 29884

Arthroscopy, knee, surgical; with lysis of adhesions, with or without manipulation (separate procedure)

Intraoperative services included in the global service package:

1. local infiltration of medication(s), anesthetic, or contrast agent before, during, or at the conclusion of the operation
2. suture or staple removal by operating surgeon or designee
3. surgical approach, with necessary identification, isolation, and protection of anatomic structures, including hemostasis and minor skin scar revision
4. obtaining wound specimen(s) for culture
5. wound irrigation
6. intraoperative photo(s) and/or video recording, excluding ionizing radiation
7. intraoperative supervision and positioning of imaging and/or monitoring equipment by operating surgeon or assistant(s)
8. insertion, placement, and removal of surgical drain(s), re-infusion device(s), irrigation tube(s), or catheter(s)
9. closure of wound and repair of tissues divided for initial surgical exposure, partial or complete
10. application of initial dressing, orthosis, continuous passive motion, splint or cast, including traction, except where specifically excluded from global package
11. preparation and insertion of synthetic bone substitutes, osteoconductive and osteoinductive agents (eg, hydroxyapatite, calcium phosphates, coral, methylmethacrylate, demineralized bone matrix, bone morphogenetic proteins), except where specifically excluded
12. synovectomy (eg, 29875, 29876)
13. knee arthroscopy, diagnostic (eg, 29870)
14. manipulation under anesthesia (eg, 27570)

Intraoperative services not included in the global service package:

1. supplies and medication (eg, code 99070, HCPCS Level II codes)
2. insertion, removal, or exchange of nonbiodegradable drug delivery implants (eg, 11981–11983)

Medicare global fee period: 90 days

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CPT Code: 29885

Arthroscopy, knee, surgical; drilling for osteochondritis dissecans with bone grafting, with or without internal fixation (including debridement of base of lesion)

Intraoperative services included in the global service package:

1. local infiltration of medication(s), anesthetic, or contrast agent before, during, or at the conclusion of the operation
2. suture or staple removal by operating surgeon or designee
3. surgical approach, with necessary identification, isolation, and protection of anatomic structures, including hemostasis and minor skin scar revision
4. obtaining wound specimen(s) for culture
5. wound irrigation
6. intraoperative photo(s) and/or video recording, excluding ionizing radiation
7. intraoperative supervision and positioning of imaging and/or monitoring equipment by operating surgeon or assistant(s)
8. insertion, placement, and removal of surgical drain(s), re-infusion device(s), irrigation tube(s), or catheter(s)
9. closure of wound and repair of tissues divided for initial surgical exposure, partial or complete
10. application of initial dressing, orthosis, continuous passive motion, splint or cast, including traction, except where specifically excluded from global package
11. preparation and insertion of synthetic bone substitutes, osteoconductive and osteoinductive agents (eg, hydroxyapatite, calcium phosphates, coral, methylmethacrylate, demineralized bone matrix, bone morphogenetic proteins), except where specifically excluded
12. synovial resection for visualization
13. minor arthroscopic loose body removal, same incision (eg, 29874)
14. knee arthroscopy, diagnostic (eg, 29870)
15. manipulation under anesthesia (eg, 27570)

Intraoperative services not included in the global service package:

1. supplies and medication (eg, code 99070, HCPCS Level II codes)
2. insertion, removal, or exchange of nonbiodegradable drug delivery implants (eg, 11981–11983)
3. harvesting of graft through a separate skin or fascial incision
4. arthroscopic meniscectomy or meniscal repair (eg, 29880–29883)
5. arthroscopic chondroplasty, abrasion, multiple drilling or microfracture, separate compartment (eg, 29877, 29879)
6. arthroscopic synovectomy (eg, 29876)
7. arthroscopic removal of loose or foreign bodies greater than 5 mm or through a separate incision (eg, 29874)

Medicare global fee period: 90 days

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CPT Code: 29886

Arthroscopy, knee, surgical; drilling for intact osteochondritis dissecans lesion

Intraoperative services included in the global service package:

1. local infiltration of medication(s), anesthetic, or contrast agent before, during, or at the conclusion of the operation
2. suture or staple removal by operating surgeon or designee
3. surgical approach, with necessary identification, isolation, and protection of anatomic structures, including hemostasis and minor skin scar revision
4. obtaining wound specimen(s) for culture
5. wound irrigation
6. intraoperative photo(s) and/or video recording, excluding ionizing radiation
7. intraoperative supervision and positioning of imaging and/or monitoring equipment by operating surgeon or assistant(s)
8. insertion, placement, and removal of surgical drain(s), re-infusion device(s), irrigation tube(s), or catheter(s)
9. closure of wound and repair of tissues divided for initial surgical exposure, partial or complete
10. application of initial dressing, orthosis, continuous passive motion, splint or cast, including traction, except where specifically excluded from global package
11. preparation and insertion of synthetic bone substitutes, osteoconductive and osteoinductive agents (eg, hydroxyapatite, calcium phosphates, coral, methylmethacrylate, demineralized bone matrix, bone morphogenetic proteins), except where specifically excluded
12. synovial resection for visualization
13. knee arthroscopy, diagnostic (eg, 29870)
14. manipulation under anesthesia (eg, 27570)

Intraoperative services not included in the global service package:

1. supplies and medication (eg, code 99070, HCPCS Level II codes)
2. insertion, removal, or exchange of nonbiodegradable drug delivery implants (eg, 11981–11983)
3. arthroscopic meniscectomy or meniscal repair (eg, 29880–29883)
4. arthroscopic chondroplasty, abrasion, multiple drilling or microfracture, separate compartment (eg, 29877, 29879)
5. arthroscopic removal of loose or foreign bodies greater than 5 mm or through a separate incision (eg, 29874)

Medicare global fee period: 90 days

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CPT Code: 29887

Arthroscopy, knee, surgical; drilling for intact osteochondritis dissecans lesion with internal fixation

Intraoperative services included in the global service package:

1. local infiltration of medication(s), anesthetic, or contrast agent before, during, or at the conclusion of the operation
2. suture or staple removal by operating surgeon or designee
3. surgical approach, with necessary identification, isolation, and protection of anatomic structures, including hemostasis and minor skin scar revision
4. obtaining wound specimen(s) for culture
5. wound irrigation
6. intraoperative photo(s) and/or video recording, excluding ionizing radiation
7. intraoperative supervision and positioning of imaging and/or monitoring equipment by operating surgeon or assistant(s)
8. insertion, placement, and removal of surgical drain(s), re-infusion device(s), irrigation tube(s), or catheter(s)
9. closure of wound and repair of tissues divided for initial surgical exposure, partial or complete
10. application of initial dressing, orthosis, continuous passive motion, splint or cast, including traction, except where specifically excluded from global package
11. preparation and insertion of synthetic bone substitutes, osteoconductive and osteoinductive agents (eg, hydroxyapatite, calcium phosphates, coral, methylmethacrylate, demineralized bone matrix, bone morphogenetic proteins), except where specifically excluded
12. synovial resection for visualization
13. knee arthroscopy, diagnostic (eg, 29870)
14. arthroscopic drilling of osteochondritis dissecans (eg, 29886)
15. manipulation under anesthesia (eg, 27570)

Intraoperative services not included in the global service package:

1. supplies and medication (eg, code 99070, HCPCS Level II codes)
2. insertion, removal, or exchange of nonbiodegradable drug delivery implants (eg, 11981–11983)
3. arthroscopic meniscectomy or meniscal repair (eg, 29880–29883)
4. arthroscopic chondroplasty, abrasion, multiple drilling or microfracture, separate compartment (eg, 29877, 29879)
5. arthroscopic removal of loose or foreign bodies greater than 5 mm or through a separate incision (eg, 29874)
6. arthroscopic synovectomy (eg, 29876)

Medicare global fee period: 90 days

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CPT Code: 29888

Arthroscopically aided anterior cruciate ligament repair/augmentation or reconstruction

Intraoperative services included in the global service package:

1. local infiltration of medication(s), anesthetic, or contrast agent before, during, or at the conclusion of the operation
2. suture or staple removal by operating surgeon or designee
3. surgical approach, with necessary identification, isolation, and protection of anatomic structures, including hemostasis and minor skin scar revision
4. obtaining wound specimen(s) for culture
5. wound irrigation
6. intraoperative photo(s) and/or video recording, excluding ionizing radiation
7. intraoperative supervision and positioning of imaging and/or monitoring equipment by operating surgeon or assistant(s)
8. insertion, placement, and removal of surgical drain(s), re-infusion device(s), irrigation tube(s), or catheter(s)
9. closure of wound and repair of tissues divided for initial surgical exposure, partial or complete
10. application of initial dressing, orthosis, continuous passive motion, splint or cast, including traction, except where specifically excluded from global package
11. preparation and insertion of synthetic bone substitutes, osteoconductive and osteoinductive agents (eg, hydroxyapatite, calcium phosphates, coral, methylmethacrylate, demineralized bone matrix, bone morphogenetic proteins), except where specifically excluded
12. synovial resection for visualization
13. knee arthroscopy, diagnostic (eg, 29870)
14. manipulation under anesthesia (eg, 27570)

Intraoperative services not included in the global service package:

1. supplies and medication (eg, code 99070, HCPCS Level II codes)
2. insertion, removal, or exchange of nonbiodegradable drug delivery implants (eg, 11981–11983)
3. arthroscopic meniscectomy or meniscal repair (eg, 29880–29883)
4. extra-articular augmentation (eg, 27427)
5. arthroscopic chondroplasty, abrasion, multiple drilling or microfracture, separate compartment (eg, 29877, 29879)
6. arthroscopic removal of loose or foreign bodies greater than 5 mm or through a separate incision (eg, 29874)
7. arthroscopic drilling of osteochondritis dissecans (eg, 29886)
8. arthroscopic meniscal transplant (eg, 29868)
9. arthroscopic posterior cruciate ligament repair/augmentation(eg, 29889)

Medicare global fee period: 90 days

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CPT Code: 29889

Arthroscopically aided posterior cruciate ligament repair/augmentation or reconstruction

Intraoperative services included in the global service package:

1. local infiltration of medication(s), anesthetic, or contrast agent before, during, or at the conclusion of the operation
2. suture or staple removal by operating surgeon or designee
3. surgical approach, with necessary identification, isolation, and protection of anatomic structures, including hemostasis and minor skin scar revision
4. obtaining wound specimen(s) for culture
5. wound irrigation
6. intraoperative photo(s) and/or video recording, excluding ionizing radiation
7. intraoperative supervision and positioning of imaging and/or monitoring equipment by operating surgeon or assistant(s)
8. insertion, placement, and removal of surgical drain(s), re-infusion device(s), irrigation tube(s), or catheter(s)
9. closure of wound and repair of tissues divided for initial surgical exposure, partial or complete
10. application of initial dressing, orthosis, continuous passive motion, splint or cast, including traction, except where specifically excluded from global package
11. preparation and insertion of synthetic bone substitutes, osteoconductive and osteoinductive agents (eg, hydroxyapatite, calcium phosphates, coral, methylmethacrylate, demineralized bone matrix, bone morphogenetic proteins), except where specifically excluded
12. synovial resection for visualization
13. synovectomy and fat pad resection
14. intra-articular ligament reconstruction (eg, 27428, 27558)
15. knee arthroscopy, diagnostic (eg, 29870)
16. manipulation under anesthesia (eg, 27570)

Intraoperative services not included in the global service package:

1. supplies and medication (eg, code 99070, HCPCS Level II codes)
2. insertion, removal, or exchange of nonbiodegradable drug delivery implants (eg, 11981–11983)
3. meniscectomy (eg, 29880, 29881)
4. meniscus repair (eg, 29882, 29883)
5. extra-articular augmentation (eg, 27427)
6. arthroscopic chondroplasty, abrasion, multiple drilling or microfracture, separate compartment (eg, 29877, 29879)
7. arthroscopic removal of loose or foreign bodies greater than 5 mm or through a separate incision (eg, 29874)
8. arthroscopic anterior cruciate ligament repair/augmentation (eg, 29888)

Medicare global fee period: 90 days 





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