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Please Help! Appy with Periappendiceal abscess

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    Question Please Help! Appy with Periappendiceal abscess
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    My surgeon continues to argue with me that at one time he was allowed to bill periappendiceal abscess drainage as a separate code in addition to the appy procedure code. All the threads I have reviewed and my interpretation of the General Surgery coding companion states the abscess drainage is part of the appy procedure and not separately reportable. Am I completely missing something? Does anyone have solid documentation that I can provide to my surgeon if in fact he can not bill the abscess drainage in addition to the appy?

    Your advice would be much appreciated.

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    Boise, Idaho
    The only thing I see in the CCI Edits is not with 44950. says to use a -51 mod

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