Appendectomy-My Surgeons Performed

RODRIGUEZL

Networker
Messages
30
Best answers
0
My Surgeons Performed An Appendectomy (nothing Wrong With Appendix) But Diagnosis Was That Of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease. I Should Be Billing For Exploratory Laparotomy Only, Correct?
 

RODRIGUEZL

Networker
Messages
30
Best answers
0
Yes She Was.

I Did Ask This Question At A Very Recent Seminar. The Answer Was That You Would Only Charge An Exploratory Laparotomy, The Appendectomy Is Incidental If There Is No Diagnosis To Substantiate The Appendectomy....

Thank You!
 

epilcher

Contributor
Messages
22
Best answers
0
Appendectomy

What diagnosis code would you use for this if there are no symptoms? I have a case where the patient was sent in to surgery for uterine prolapse and they removed the appendix. There was nothing dx code related in the surgery report.
 

Treetoad

Expert
Messages
398
Best answers
0
Often, when a surgeon is performing abdominal surgery, they also remove the appendix. Typically, it would be incidental to the main abdominal procedure. If, in fact, they found gallstones or some other indication, you could charge for the appendectomy with modifier 59. But again, in order to charge for it, the appendectomy would be subject to medical necessity.
 
Last edited:
Top