Medicare Benefits Schedule - Item 49703

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Category 3 - THERAPEUTIC PROCEDURES

49703

49703 - Additional Information

Item Start Date:
01-Dec-1991
Description Updated:
01-Jul-2021
Schedule Fee Updated:
01-Jul-2021

Group
T8 - Surgical Operations
Subgroup
15 - Orthopaedic
Subheading
13 - Ankle

Surgery of ankle joint, by arthroscopic means, including any of the following (if performed):

(a) cartilage treatment;

(b) removal of loose bodies;

(c) synovectomy;

(d) excision of joint osteophytes;

other than a service associated with a service to which another item in this Group applies if the service described in the other item is for the purpose of performing a procedure on the ankle by arthroscopic means (H)

Multiple Operation Rule

(Anaes.) (Assist.)

Fee: $636.75 Benefit: 75% = $477.60

(See para TN.8.196, TN.8.202 of explanatory notes to this Category)


Associated Notes

Category 3 - THERAPEUTIC PROCEDURES

TN.8.196

Procedure for osteotomy (Items 48400 - 48421 and 48430)

  • Removal of prominent bone or osteophytes can be billed as an isolated procedure under 48430 or when through a separate incision to other procedures. 
  • When an osteotomy is performed through the bone to correct a deformity then the appropriate number is chosen from 48400, 48403, 48406, 48409, 48418 or 48421. 
  • Not to be used when performing joint arthroscopy (49703, 49730 or 49732), bunion correction (49827, 49830, 49833, 49836, 49837 or 49838), neurolysis (39330), wound debridement (30023) or an arthrodesis procedure unless performed at a site separate to the excluded items.

Related Items: 39330 48400 48403 48406 48409 48421 48430 49703 49827 49833 49836 49837 49838

Category 3 - THERAPEUTIC PROCEDURES

TN.8.202

Procedure for arthroscopy (Items 49703, 49730 and 49732)

  • Arthroscopy of joint includes associated intraarticular pathology treatment, such as treatment of cartilage, loose bodies, synovectomy, scar removal, and excision of exostosis by arthroscopic means.
  • In cases of inflammatory synovitis or osteochondral defect >1.5cm2, it is appropriate to use item 50312.

Related Items: 49703 49730 49732


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  • Anaes - Anaesthetic Values Amended
  • Emsn - EMSN Change
  • Fee - Fee Amended
  • Renum - Item Number Change (renumbered)
  • New - New Item
  • NewMin - New Item (previous Ministerial Determination)
  • Qfe - QFE Change