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Tip of the week: Use 29999, unlisted arthroscopic procedure, for radiofrequency capsular ACL tightening

APCs Insider, August 8, 2008

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Report 29999 for radiofrequency capsular ACL tightening. In radiofrequency capsular shrinkage, the physician uses heat to modify collagen in ligamentous soft tissue, thus contracting the ligament. This procedure is considered investigational or medically unnecessary by most insurance companies.

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield of New York has prepared some guidance on this procedure. It labels it as an investigational or medically unnecessary procedure at this time. Therefore, it is not payable under Medicare. However, for those payers that would reimburse for this procedure, the appropriate code would be 29999 (unlisted procedure, arthroscopy).Visit the following Web sites for additional information:

(This tip was adapted from APC Answer Letter. To view the entire tip, click here.)
 



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