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    Default Hernia Repair Combined?

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    From the dictation:
    "I found an additional fascial defect at the umbilicus inferior to the main hernia defect [ventral hernia]. The two defects were joined creating one abdominal wall defect for repair."

    Would I code the ventral and umbilical hernia repairs separately, or can I only code the ventral hernia repair and mesh placement because they were combined? If I'm only coding the ventral hernia repair, should I append modifier 22?

    Thank you very much!

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    Apr 2007
    Milwaukee WI

    Default One repair - one code

    Per the physician's own documentation there was only one repair. I would not even add a -22.

    Hope that helps.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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