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Old 10-06-2011, 02:13 PM
shellabell32 shellabell32 is offline
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Default Bilateral inguinal hernia repair???

Sorry if this is a stupid question, but a co-worker asked me and I am just not sure of the answer:

If we do a lap inguinal hernia repair 49650 on both sides and one side is strangulated and one side is not is that still considered a bilateral procedure? She was curious if it would be modifier -50 or -59.

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Old 10-07-2011, 09:24 AM
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Default I would use TWO lines

I would code as 49650-LT and 49650-RT. I would then tie the appropriate dx code to the appropriate procedure.

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Old 10-07-2011, 01:27 PM
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It does-thank you!!!!!!!!!!!
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