• If this is your first visit, be sure to check out the FAQ & read the forum rules. To view all forums, post or create a new thread, you must be an AAPC Member. If you are a member and have already registered for member area and forum access, you can log in by clicking here. If you've forgotten your username or password use our password reminder tool. To start viewing messages, select the forum that you want to visit from the selection below..
  • Important Note: We will be performing a scheduled maintenance on 1st November 2020. The site will be offline from 7:30PM (MT) till midnight. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Confused on correct colectomy code

hencked

Guest
Messages
53
Best answers
0
I am confused as to the correct cpt code for the below procedure.

Op performed says: Right colectomy

This is a open colectomy and being performed for a polyp located at the level of the cecum just above the valve. Colon is brought up out of the wound and transected at the terminal ileum and mid transverse colon. The ileum and mid transverse are brought together in a side by side anastomosis. There is no colostomy or ileostomy performed.

Would this be either code 44160 or 44140? The encoder brings me to 44140 because I chose right colectomy, but the terminal ileum along with the cecum and right colon are removed. I am leaning toward 44160 because of what was removed and the CDR says "anastomosis is created between the distal ileum and remaining colon." Is this correct?

Thanks,

Deb H.
 
Top