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Thread: Major Procedure vs Minor Procedure

  1. #1
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    Louisville, KY

    Default Major Procedure vs Minor Procedure

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    We are having a debate with our office. How is a procedure defined as "major" or "minor"? Is this determined only by the amount of global days for a specific procedure or is there another way to determine this?
    Any documentation to support the correct answer would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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    Apr 2007


    It is determined by the amount of global days. Check you carrier's because they might have different global days for the minor procedures.
    The postoperative period depends on whether the surgery is major or minor. If a surgery is
    major, the postoperative period is 90 days. However, the postoperative period for minor
    surgeries and endoscopies is either zero or 10 days.


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