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    Cpt codes 47600 Open chole and 49566 incis hernia repair. According to ACS coding medicare will not allow because of unbundling. can a 59 modifier be justified because of 2 different sites or procedures ? Any expert advise ? There was not a second incision made.
    Last edited by carol52; 01-12-2010 at 10:53 AM.

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    I'm not really familiar with this, but it seems to me that one time while I was reading through some things that the hernia repair can be part of that open procedure. Was there a separate incision for the hernia repair? This will give me something else to read up on.

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    It depends if it was a separate incision or if the hernia was at the incision site. If he made a separate incision you can unbundle it w/ a -59, otherwise it would be included in the procedure.

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