Letisha, it depends on the planned procedure.
Example of when to bill both: The planned procedure was mastectomy, partial, SLN bx returns from pathology as malignant. (Results changed the planned procedure to mastectomy w/axilllary lymphadenectomy).
Remember to append 59 modifier to SLN Bx.
Example of when NOT to bill SLN Bx w/ Mastectomy: The planned procedure was mastectomy w/axillary lymphadenectomy, SLN bx results are malignant. (Results did not change planned procedure).
Hopes this helps?
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