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Thread: Bundling, global periods, and multiple surgeries

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    Default Bundling, global periods, and multiple surgeries

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    Here is a situation we recently come across and I am looking for some feedback.

    A septoplasty and ethmoid resection were performed during the same op session. Two weeks later, a debridement was performed in the office.
    A debridement is bundled with the septoplasty during the global period.
    However, the ethmoid resection doesn't have a global period.

    The documentation states the debridement was related to the ethmoid procedure. Would the debridement be reimbursed by Medicare?
    Happy Coding, Claudia

    Claudia Yoakum-Watson, CPC
    Coding, Compliance, & Reimbursement Solutions
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    Apr 2007
    Stuart Sailfish Chapter


    Yes the debridment would be reimbursed by medicare. it would be coded as such

    31237 -79 -50 ( if its a bilateral debridement)

    Diagnosis would be 473.2
    Candice Fenildo, CPC, CPMA, CPB, CENTC, CPC-I
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