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    I have a physician that will be joining out group and he will be performing mostly non-invasive procedures. My experience is with the invasive side of CABG's, MAZE's, Valve Repairs, etc. He's going to be doing a lot with the Divinci Robitic System and I'm wondering if anyone has a lot of experience with this. Are there specific websites you can refer me to? I think I'm good with how to bill the procedures (the same way and to also include the S-code) but I'd like to do some more research. If anyone can point me in a direction I'd appreciate it.
    adrianne, cpc

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    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Central Philadelphia chapter


    I don't think there is a separate code for robotic procedures. I have tried to bill the procedure w/ modifier 22. I sent the opnote and a letter - example

    Modifier 22 – Increased procedural service

    Please accept this as a request for higher re-imbursement.
    The surgery mentioned above was billed with a modifier 22, to indicate the increased complexity in the procedure.

    I have not received a yet. If you find something different, please post.

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