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    Cool Need help coding and charging for liver biopsy

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    One of our surgeons did a Lap Hemicolectomy with liver biopsy X4.

    Do I use 47000 or 47001? How many times can I code for it if done 4 times?

    Thanks

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    Since the liver biopsy was performed during other major surgery (hemi-colectomy) code 47001 is correct.

    You can bill code 47001 per biopsy performed.
    Melissa Jewett, CPC

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    Codes 47000/47001 are both through the skin procedures. If there was something wrong with the liver when it comes back from path, we use 49321.

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    The path did come back as cancer. Isn't CPT 47001 for an open procedure, the hemicolectomy was done as a Lap? Does anyone else agree to use 49321 or 47000??

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    check out 47379. it's the "unlisted procedure" lap code in the liver section.

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