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    Aurora, IL

    Default Code for biopsy of mesenteric mass

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    One of our surgeons did a small bowel resection and a biopsy of a mesenteric mass. We are using code 44130 for the SBR but I am unable to find an appropriate bx code. I was looking at 49180 but it is percutaneous and the procedure was open. Any suggestions?
    Chrissy, CPC

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    Apr 2007
    Johnson City


    I think you may have made a typo the code for open small bowel resection is 44120. I did find a code for excision of lesion of mesentery, but it is a separate procedure. Code 44820 is bundled with code 44120. I think 44120 is all you can bill.

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