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    Red face Laparoscopic equivalent for CPT 44144???

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    My physician performed CPT 44144, except that he did it laparoscopically, not open. Most of the CPT codes in this section have a note that states (For laparoscopic procedure, use #####) but that note is not on this CPT. Any ideas???

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    Columbia, MO


    You will need to use an unlisted code if the one you need is not there. Some will say to use the 52 modifier on the open procedure , however my surgeons tell me that is incorrect as they use more time and expertise for laparoscopic procedures, in otherwords they are easier they are harder. So the best advice I can give is to use an unlisted code.

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

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    Thanks for the information - that helps!

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