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Lap Appe for Ruptured Appendix

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    Default Lap Appe for Ruptured Appendix
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    Is anyone using 44979 for this procedure? I have been using 44970 but it appears that the coder who was with our practice before me used 44979. I'm having a difficult time finding documentation pointing toward the unlisted code.

    Mary Beth Gord, CPC

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    I would use the 44970. The dx. code would indicate that it was ruptured.

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    We use the unlisted procedure for a laparoscopic ruptured appendix and compare it to CPT code 44960.

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