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    Question Post op infection at wound site

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    Hello everyone,

    I am having a bit of a memory loss. If patient comes back to the office for a post op visit after a total abdominal hysterectomy or a c-section and the site of surgery has now become infected. Can you bill an office visit for the complication of the infection during the post op period or is that considered part of the global package.

    Thanks in advance.


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    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Bangor, Maine


    Hi Vanessa,
    I posted a reply to your post but it is in the OB/GYM forum. Check there

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    Join Date
    Apr 2007


    Hi Vanessa,

    Yes you can code the post op infection, just add a 24 modifier to it.

    Jill Gibson, CPC

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    Apr 2007
    Kansas City, MO


    Quote Originally Posted by jgibson66 View Post
    Hi Vanessa,

    Yes you can code the post op infection, just add a 24 modifier to it.

    Jill Gibson, CPC
    minor complication that can be handled in the office are considered a part of the global package. A 24 modifier means the service is "unrelated". An infection due to a surgery is very much related.
    Linda Vargas, CPC, CPCO, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC
    PMCC Licensed Instructor
    Kansas City, MO Chapter
    Member Development Officer 2016
    Harrisonville, MO Chapter President - 2013
    ICD-10 Education Coordinator- 2012
    Chapter President - 2011
    President Elect - 2010

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