Question trocar placement

lindahuey

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I have a physician that came into the operating room and placed trocars for another doctor and then left. Is this billable? I cannot find a CPT code for this at all.
 

csperoni

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To my knowledge, there is no code for placing the trocars as it is part of the surgery.
Just placing the trocars does not rise to the level of co-surgeons. Perhaps as an assist???
 

LisaAlonso23

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Trocars are placed for laparoscopic procedures. This is part of the procedure and not separately billable.

Most practices have internal agreements regarding reimbursement when one provider starts a case and another finishes it.
 
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