All surgical cases include exploratory procedures - how else would the surgeon know what to do? This is especially so in cases of trauma.
If you want to prove this, to to the CCI Edits on the CMS website and instead of just looking at the edits, go to the Overview page (upper left hand corner is a link - Overview). Click on the NCCI Policy Manual for Part B Carriers.
When you open this up, you'll see a bunch of PDFs with different chapters. Unfortunately, the chapter number doesn't correspond to the CPT chapters (numeric sections). You can locate the chapter that has CPT 49000 by clicking on the pdf titled: TOC (table of contents).
Once you get your chapter, start reading - very interesting stuff can be found by reading the NCCI Manual. I don't read it often enough, but what you want & the rationale will be found right there.
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