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    Default Laparoscopy Converted to open procedure

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    Hello everyone! Just having a brain freeze and wondering
    if someone would be able to help me out
    When coding Lap appy, Lap Chole. If procedure is converted to an open do I use the Laparoscopic CPT with the Vcode ? Please help
    Deb, CPC

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    Apr 2007
    Columbia, MO


    No you cannot report a discontuned procedure with a completed procedure. Report only the open procedure.. if the note supports that the procedure was more involved than what would be considered normal then you can add a 22 modifier. The gudelines cautions though to not use a 22 just because the procedure was converted.

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