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Old 06-10-2011, 12:12 PM
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Default Incisional Hernia repair with colostomy take-down

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A surgeon goes in to do a colostomy take-down at which point he identifies an incisional hernia, bill 44626 (he did a colorectal anas) + 49560? or just 44626 because I see indicator "1" on the CCI edits and that's tripping me up a little.
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Just repot the colostomy take down if its at the same site, see NCCI documents on hernia repairs.

4. If a hernia repair is performed at the site of an incision for an open abdominal procedure, the hernia repair (CPT codes 49560-49566) is not separately reportable. The hernia repair is separately reportable if it is performed at a site other than the incision and is medically reasonable and necessary. An incidental hernia repair is not medically reasonable and necessary and should not be reported separately.

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