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    Default dx code for repaired cleft lip & palate

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    a cleft pt may go thru years of surgical intervention. Pt has a repaired cleft lip & palate and is now going to have a cleft lip revision with recreation of the defect (#40720). Do you use #749.2x? Appreciate any coding sets in your experience.

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    Apr 2007
    Milwaukee WI

    Default Condition being treated

    We continue to use the appropriate cleft lip/palatte code if we are continuing to treat the condition (vs routine follow-up). Our craniofacial/plastic surgeons say "it's not completely fixed until we are no longer considering additional surgeries."

    Hope that helps.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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