Laparoscopic Procedures on the Appendix CPT® Code range 44970- 44979

The Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code range for Surgical Procedures on the Appendix 44970-44979 is a medical code set maintained by the American Medical Association.

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CPT® Code Range 44970- 44979
Section 44970-44979
Laparoscopic Procedures on the Appendix
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Looking for some guidance. Per my review of the OP report it appears CPT 44970 would be the appropriate code to bill for this surgery. However, the provider's coder billed this surgery under unlisted ... [ Read More ]
[QUOTE="csperoni, post: 505078, member: 164618"] Let me get some clarification: 44204 was the primary procedure. The appendix was also removed but was normal and incidental? If that's the case, then... [ Read More ]
[b]Lap Appy[/b] [QUOTE="E.R.CPC, post: 340148, member: 21246"]Doctor performed a laparascopic appendectomy for a ruptured appendix with peritonitis do we code 44970 or 44979?[/QUOTE] I would use 449... [ Read More ]
Doctor performed a laparascopic appendectomy for a ruptured appendix with peritonitis do we code 44970 or 44979?... [ Read More ]
Thank you, I apologize for relaying that incorrectly. The first surgery was laparoscopic and was billed with 44970. I was not sure about the 44979 for the second procedure but that is the only code... [ Read More ]
[b]How about 44979?[/b] Isn't the standard lap appy code 44970? (Laparsocopy, surgical, appendectomy) Was 44979 used for the original surgery because it was not a standard laparoscopy, surgical, appe... [ Read More ]
[FONT="Comic Sans MS"]I would go with 44979 because the procedure was performed laparoscopically and there is an unlisted lap code for appendix. And I too would base my charges on the charge for the ... [ Read More ]
We're having some back-and-forth on this one. Patient has a ruptured appendix w/ abcess (and fecal material in the peritoneal cavity). Approach is [B][U]laparoscopy[/U][/B]. Do you code 44960 Do yo... [ Read More ]
44970 is for laparoscopy - 44960 is open. If we have an abscess or peritonitis that is addressed laparoscopically, we use 44979 and reference the 44960.... [ Read More ]
Is anyone using 44979 for this procedure? I have been using 44970 but it appears that the coder who was with our practice before me used 44979. I'm having a difficult time finding documentation pointi... [ Read More ]