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    Can anyone help with a open heart closure of PATENT FORAMEN OVALE in additon to other procedures? thanks alot

    pam h, cpc

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    Look at code 33641. Although, I should add, while at the STS Coding conference in October, Dr. Smith mentioned that if the surgeon is already in the heart for another procedure (ie: mitral valve repair), you may not want to charge separately for this.

    I'd say use your best judgment. For years I billed PFO closures with other open cardiac procedures and never had any trouble getting them paid. I do understand what the STS is saying though, its not much work and if the surgeon is already in there....

    Hope that helps.

    Lisi, CPC

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