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Old 02-03-2009, 07:33 AM
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Default Hernia with hydrocelectomy repair (49500/49501)

Can you bill for the hernia repair 49500/49501 & the hydrocelectomy 55040/55041? I was told previously that you just bill for the hernia repair.

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Old 02-03-2009, 08:18 AM
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My understanding is that 55040/55041 can be billed in addition to the hernia repair if the patient is 5 yrs of age or older.
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Old 02-03-2009, 08:31 AM
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Right but what about younger than 5 years (see specific hernia codes)?
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Old 02-03-2009, 09:22 AM
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According to CPT description, it's included on a patient younger than 5 yrs of age:

49500 Repair initial inguinal hernia, age 6 months to under 5 years, with or without hydrocelectomy; reducible
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Old 02-03-2009, 10:26 AM
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thank you, just wanted some confirmation
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