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    Adrianne,

    In the instance you mention, if your documentation supports it, you could use a modifier 22 on the open procedure, but billing both codes is unacceptable per the Correct Coding Initiative. Please see the link:

    http://www.cms.hhs.gov/NationalCorrectCodInitEd/

    scroll down to the NCCI Medicare Part B, open it, you will probably have to unzip it, you will find it in almost every chapter, but specifically for the codes above in Chapter 6, page 6.

    Hope this helps!
    Mary

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    Infortunately, I don't receive any of those publications. I want to make sure that I'm doing it right, but somewhere in my past, I believe I've seen it written the way I do it, but it has to have certain documentation, not all cases would qualitify. I know there's a copyright issue w/ the pink sheet but if you have anything else you could share or refer me to, please let me know.
    adrianne, cpc

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    the correct coding initiative is free and available from Medicare in the link I provided in the previous post.

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    thanks i really appreciate it...I'll take a look today.
    adrianne, cpc

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