A major surgery is defined as one which carries a 90-day global period.
All other procedures are considered "minor" surgery.
Elective major surgery is considered HIGH risk ONLY when there are clearlly identified risk factors (not the risk of the surgery, but co-morbidities that increase the risk to the patient).
EMERGENCY major surgery is considered high risk (regardless of co-morbidities)
For MINOR surgery it is low risk without co-morbidities, and moderate risk with identified risk factors.
Hope that helps.
F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC
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