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    surgery for enterectomy of sm bowel resection-44125. Drainage of peritoneal abscess-49020. ACS coding will not allow the drainage of the abscess without modifier. Should I try the 59 or not bill the drainage. Only one incision made. Thanks

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    Per CCI edits under General Correct Coding Policies, "If a definitive surgical procedure requires access through deseased tissue (e.g. necrotic skin, abscess, hematoma, seroma) a separate service for this access (e.g. debridement, I&D) is not separately reportable.

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    Thank you for letting me know . I will pass this info on.

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