Question:A patient returned to the operating room (OR) later the same day of surgery because of post-op bleeding after a small bowel resection with lysis of adhesions. The surgeon performed a splenectomy during the second session. The same anesthesiologist was present for both surgeries. What modifier and documentation should I include with the claim?
Answer:Submit 00790 (Anesthesia for intraperitoneal procedures in upper abdomen including laparoscopy; not otherwise specified) and a diagnosis for the postoperative bleeding, such as 998.1x (Hemorrhage or hematoma or seroma complicating a procedure). Coders vary in their advice on whether to include a modifier for the procedure: