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Surgery Mishap

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    Medical Coding Books
    Our doctor did shoulder surgery and when he went into the shoulder subscapularis tendon to remove a foreign body, he made a tear while in the tendon, so then he had to perform a rotator cuff repair. What would you say is the best way of billing this? Should we just bill out the foreign body removal 23040 or bill the rotator cuff repair 23410 since this is what he ended up doing due to his mishap. Since the 23040 is bundled in the 23410 both can't be billed together.

    Thoughts please??

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    Milwaukee WI
    Default Foreign Body Removal
    We do not bill for procedures required due to surgeon error. I would bill only for the FB removal.

    Hope that helps.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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