PREOPERATIVE DIAGNOSIS: Morbid obesity with significant comorbidities. POSTOPERATIVE DIAGNOSIS: Morbid obesity with significant comorbidities and BMI of 45.0. PROCEDURE: Laparoscopic adjustable gastric band with an AP standard band. ANESTHESIA: General via endotracheal tube. ESTIMATED BLOOD LOSS: Minimal. SPECIMEN: None. COMPLICATIONS: None. INDICATION: Patient is a very pleasant 33 year-old fema...
Dec 28th, 2012
In November, we reported that Medicare Part B Carrier Palmetto GBA was instructing coders to report an evaluation and management service (99213) for gastric restrictive device band adjustments outside of the global period. Since that time, Palmetto has updated its policy, and now asks that such adjustments be coded using 43999 Unlisted procedure, stomach. The ...
In Coding
Nov 2nd, 2012
The information below is no longer current: On Nov. 19, 2012 Medicare Part B Carrier Palmetto GBA issued an updated policy instructing coders to report  43999 Unlisted procedure, stomach for gastric band adjustments that occur outside the global period of gastric restrictive procedures. Palmetto now specifies: “To submit a claim for adjustment of Gastric Restrictive ...