sleeve gastrectomy 43775

LMCODER

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Has anyone heard anything on the status of the sleeve gastrectomy code 43775 ?
In 2010 Medicare had it on there fee schedule but they were not covering it. I just noticed it is not on the 2011 Medicare fee schedule. Has anyone heard anything about this?

Any info is appreciated.
Thanks,
Laura
 

nyckimmie

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modifier 80

I just read that it's non covered by Medicare effective July 1 2011. On another note, with another insurance company...I'm trying to confirm that it is not an assist at surgery procedure. (billable with modifier 80 or 81 & 81)
 
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