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Coding question - closure of open abdomen

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    patient is one week s/p aortic valve replacement with complication of venous vascular injury during surgery - different surgeon is now returning to operating room to close open abdomen with patch hernioplasty using a 10 x 16 cm thick Strattice patch - what code and is there a need for modifier?

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    report 15430, then 15431 per additional 100sq cm. also put in consideration fasciocutaneous flaps, and additional necrotic skin/subcu/muscle debridement(11005)

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    Milwaukee WI
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    If the different surgeon closing the abdomen is of the SAME specialty and SAME practice as the one who did the original surgery, then you will need a -58 modifier.

    Otherwise you are good to go without any modifier.

    Hope that helps.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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