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Tracheostomy after surgery

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    Question Tracheostomy after surgery
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    If patient had A Thoracoscopy, surgical; with wedge resection of lung, single or multiple and then after few days needs a Tracheostomy, do I add a modifier? or is part of the global?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeslieTapia View Post
    If patient had A Thoracoscopy, surgical; with wedge resection of lung, single or multiple and then after few days needs a Tracheostomy, do I add a modifier? or is part of the global?
    Was the trach planned/staged, unplanned but required due to a documented complication of the wedge resection or unrelated and performed due to difficulty with extubation of a patient who had been intubated for awhile? Without the medical record, it is difficult to be more specific about the modifier.

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