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Post OP Wound Management

  1. Question Post OP Wound Management
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    Can I use modifier 24 for post op wound mgmt?? I always thought that if it was not a routine follow up (during global period) care, modifier 24 could be used.

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    I would say no - unrelated means appendicitis in the p-o period of a hernia repair, or breast mass in the p-o of a lap chole. I don't consider wound care to be unrelated to the surgery, even if it isn't routine or usual.

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    Default Post op care
    So if a pt gets a post operative wound infection from a hernia repair and is admitted to
    the hospital during the post op global period then I cannot bill the admission, correct?
    But if pt returns to the OR for Removal of goretex mesh and incisional hernia again
    is done and a different prosthesis placed then those procedures are billable with the
    appropriate modifier? TIA, for any help
    Deborah, CPC

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