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Thread: CABG day 1 and return to OR day 2 is it billable?

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    Default CABG day 1 and return to OR day 2 is it billable?

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    We have a patient who had a 5 vessel bypass who had to be taken back to the OR on day 2 for repair of a leaking proximal PDA anastomosis. It was repaired with sutures. Is there a CPT code for this or is it an unlisted procedure?

    Also, is there a good reference book for someone new to cardiovascular coding?

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    Apr 2007
    Central Philadelphia chapter


    procedure code 35820 with modifier 78 and diagnosis 998.11 and v45.81.

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    Apr 2007
    Fayetteville, NC


    Try getting the Ingenix Cardiology/Cardiothoracic Surgery/Vascular Surgery Guide I have one at work and I love it
    A. McCormick, CPC, CGSC
    Walters Surgical Associates

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    Thank you both so much for the information!!!! It is always fun to learn something new.

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