Laparotomy

Hopp

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Hi When billing for Laparotomy with appendectomy or ventral/umb hernia repair would it be appropriate to use a 59 modifier for the appendectomy, ventral/umb hernia repair? Thanks
 

TWinsor

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you would not bill for the laparotomy, it is always included in any open procedure. The hernias can only be billed if there was a separate incision for the repair otherwise you have the appendectomy only. :)

Terri Winsor, MA, CPC
Surgical Oncology/Pediatric Coder
 
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