CPT code for stress exam of knee under anesthesia

Hello All,

I have a provider reporting CPT 27570 for stress exam of the knee under anesthesia on several recent cases. I don't believe this is appropriate use of this code. It is most commonly used for patients who have postoperative stiffness or contractures following a fracture that has healed or sometimes following a knee arthroplasty.

This provider stated when she was in attendance at a coding section in the trauma update, they mentioned to use the manipulation code for "stress exam of the knee under anesthesia."

Can anyone provide additional information on this one way or the other?

Thank you,

Jessica Kniess, CPC
Coding Specialist II
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