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    Question Retained surgical instrument?

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    During performance of Tubal ligation, physician relaizes that a surgical sponge became loose from sponge stick and was lost in abdominal cavity. He then performed a lap to retrive the sponge. Is this a separately billable procedure? The reason I question is because if the physician causes an injury/laceration during a procedure, the repair is not separately billable, as they directly caused the injury. Would a sponge gone missing be considered the same?

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    that is correct it is not seperatly billable. the Surgeon created the problem during the procedure.

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    Thanks so much

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