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Biopsy & Excision

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    My brain is NOT working this morning, please help.

    Doc does bx of pancreas, path immediately comes back & its malignant. Then the doc does a total pancreatectomy.

    Do you code both bx and pancreatectomy? 48155, 48100-51

    or I'm thinking just the pancreatectomy? 48155


  2. #2
    Albany, New York
    I would go with the pancreatectomy only........
    Karen Maloney, CPC
    Data Quality Specialist

  3. #3
    I admit I'm out of my realm here but why not code both? I don't see any edits between the two. If you did the biopsy and it was benign, you'd bill and you wouldn't have done the pancreatectomy unless you'd done the biopsy, so why not bill for it?
    Pam Tienter, CPC, COC, CPC-P, CCS-P, CPMA, CPC-I, AAPC Fellow
    National Advisory Board Member 2018-2021, Region 6 Great Lakes
    Minneapolis AAPC Chapter, Education Officer 2018
    AHIMA ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer
    AAPC National ICD-10 Trainer

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