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    looking for opinions. 33870 is now considered bundled to both 33860 and 33863, a 59 modifier is allowed, but under what circumstances would this be appropriate to bill? I don't understand how this could be separate. Any ideas?

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    Sorry, I don't have an answer to your question but I was wondering the same thing! I am going to the STS coding workshop in October and was planning to ask them this same question.

    It sounds to me like replacing the arch is a big deal and alot of work. I can't see how they can bundle this into the AA graft!

    One argument we could try making is that replacing the arch is not ordinarily encountered when replacing the ascending aorta. If anything, my surgeons often do a hemi-arch graft which I do not charge separately for. So, I guess we could also argue that performing a transverse arch graft requires more dissection (separate incisions) than the AA graft with or without the hemi-arch does?? Maybe this edit was created to stop surgeons for billing for the hemi-arch?

    Lisi, CPC

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