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    Unhappy CPT 38571(Laparoscopy) denied

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    Hello, I have a question here.

    Pt had procedure done by 2 different Dr.s

    Surgeon 1 performed: 51597 & 38571 - 38571 was denied

    Surgeon 2 performed: 50820 & 44120 - 44120 was denied.

    Does anyone have any reasoning on whether or not 38571 is payable?


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    Apr 2007
    Columbus Ga

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    What was your denial code? Did it bundle?

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    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Columbia, MO


    51597 is an open procedure, and 38571 is laproscopic, there would be no need to perform a laproscopic procedure once you have an open incision.
    50820 includes intestine anastomosis therefore the 44120 cannot be charged separately.

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

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    Thanks for your input. It was very helpful

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