Question Re-admit for surgical complication

Jessim929

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Hi All!
I'm drawing a blank on this, but one of my docs re-admitted a patient who had a 53502 on 8/28/21 and was having issues with urine leaking from the closure. Even though it's a new hospitalization, it would still be a post-op visit, because it's a complication of the surgery, correct?
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thomas7331

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I would agree. Unless you have documentation to support a modifier 24 for other issues being addressed, the portion of the new admission E/M services that are related to the surgery would be part of the global period.
 
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Some private and commercial carriers will pay for the hospital visits, (treatment of complications) if clearly documented, but Medicare will not. Bill with modifier 24 and a separate diagnosis for the complication.
 
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