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    Question Post-op visits
    Medical Coding Books
    Can someone please explain what is considered a post op visit ? How many visits can there be and is there a time frame associated with the post op period? A patient of ours had a diagnostic laparoscopy done on 5-26-11. She came in on 6-9-11 to discuss results and for her incision to be checked. on 6-17-11, she came in with problems related to the incision and she again came in today complaining of problems with her incision. Are these all considered post-op visits?? My next question: what diagnosis code would you use for an incision check? Thanks in advance for any help you can give me.

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    Kansas City, MO
    Post op care is any visit that relates to the surgery, including incisional care within the global period. There is no limit to post op visits within a global period. Whatever the physician see's fit.

    "Normal" complications are generally included in your post op visits, and not separately billable.

    If the patient needs a return trip to the OR due to complications, then that surgery is billable.

    Google "medicare global surgery package" for a good definition.
    Linda Vargas, CPC, CPCO, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC,CCC, AAPC Fellow
    PMCC Licensed Instructor
    2018 Chapter President, Kansas City, MO

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    Thank you

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