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    Default reduction of unilateral inguinal hernia CPT code

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    Can anyone shed some light on how to code for this? Our physician reduced the hernia. The only codes I see in CPT are for repair and that doesn't seem to fit. Is a reduction of a hernia inclusive to the E/M? We did use morphine during the reduction.
    Thank you for your help

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    Kokomo, IN

    Default hernia reduction

    Here's what 3M has to say

    Initial treatment of a hernia may be performed by manual reduction. This reduction is performed as part of an evaluation and management (E/M) service and is not reported separately.
    When manual reduction is the only service performed, unlisted code 49999 may be reported.

    Hope this helps.

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