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    Default Chest wall hernia repair/chest wall defect

    This patient had a chest wall defect and hernia I am looking at 39520 my question is does this code also cover the chest wall defect repair and thoracotomy? It was not a lung hernia they did a thoracotomy, and inspected the left lung to verify this. So any ideas or opinions?
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    CRC CPC

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    The thoracotomy is bundled in this procedure. You could try using a 22 and sending notes.

    Laura, CPC, CPMA, CEMC

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    That is what I thought sometimes you just need to hear it from someone else Thank you
    CRC CPC

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