Results 1 to 3 of 3

Enterolysis and incidental appendectomy- Help

  1. Smile Enterolysis and incidental appendectomy- Help
    Exam Training Packages
    Our physician has performed exploratory laparotomy with Enterolysis (freeing of intestinal adhesion) i.e CPT 44005 & incidental appendectomy procedure.

    As per online available resources we can code 44005 along with 44955.

    But I need to know whether they are bunddled and how this should be coded.

    Regards,
    Neha Bhatnagar CPC, CPC-H

  2. #2
    Default
    CPT code 44955 is an add on code of CPT code 44005, so there is no bundling issue within these two CPT codes.

  3. #3
    Location
    Milwaukee WI
    Posts
    4,466
    Default 44955 NOT for incidental appy
    Add-on code +44955 is for an appendectomy performed "when done for indicated purpose" it is NOT for "incidental appendectomy."

    If there is sufficient additional work involved and the incidental appendectomy was necessary, then CPT tells us to add modifier 52 to 44950. (CPT 2009 professional edition, pge 206, remarks directly under code 44950)

    Hope that helps.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

Similar Threads

  1. Billing for incidental appendectomy's
    By GJackson in forum General Surgery
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 07-25-2014, 02:58 PM
  2. Incidental Appendectomy ICD-9
    By southernbutterfli in forum Diagnosis Coding
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 11-01-2012, 03:02 PM
  3. incidental appendectomy
    By keetonyulee in forum Medical Coding General Discussion
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 02-20-2012, 03:47 PM
  4. Appendectomy, Enterolysis, Salpingectomy and adhesiolysis
    By preserene in forum General Surgery
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 10-01-2010, 09:45 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Enjoying Our Forums?

AAPC forums are a benefit of membership. Joining AAPC grants you unlimited access, allowing you to post questions and participate with our community of over 150,000 professionals.

Join Now Continue Reading Without Full Access

Already a Member?

Login

Close Message

In addition to full participation on AAPC forums, as a member you will be able to:

  • Access to the largest healthcare job database in the world.
  • Join over 150,000 members of the healthcare network in the world.
  • Be a part of an industry leading organization that drives the business side of healthcare.
  • Save anywhere from 10%-50% with exclusive member discounts on courses, books, study materials, and conferences.
  • Access to discounts at hundreds of restaurants, travel destinations, retail stores, and service providers. AAPC members also have opportunities to save on heath, life, and liability insurance.
  • Become a member of a local chapter and attend regular meetings.