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    How can you code a laparoscopic cholecystectomy (47562) with an open appendectomy at the same surgical session (different incisions)?

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    First of all, code the most labor intensive procedure first. On page 241 of the 2011 CPT book, under 44905,( incidental appendectomy during intra-abdominal surgery does not usually warrant a separate identification, if necessary add modifier 52.)
    Or code 47562, and use add on code 44955 for the appendectomy. Just a guess, hope it helps

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    Thank you. Do you think that 44955 can be used for an appendectomy done through a separate incision ?

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