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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Lehigh Valley

    Default Can temporary closures be billed?

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    Hello all,

    My doctor insists that I can bill out for a temporary closure device, however, I cannot find a code for a Wittmach patch. The patient had a SB resection with anastomosis and ileostomy as well as an abdominal washout. He also placed a Wittman patch (temporary velcro patch). Can this be billed out? If so, where can I find this info. I searched the CPT book, but could not find anything about this particular graft.

    Thanks for the help.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Milwaukee WI

    Default NO - but you can bill for secondary closure

    You won't bill anything for the temporary patch.

    But you will code the secondary closure when it is finally peformed - CPT 13160 (with 58 modifier).

    Hope that helps.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Lehigh Valley


    Thanks for your help Tessa!

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