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Part B Insider (Multispecialty) Coding Alert

Correct Coding Initiative:

New Edition of CCI Won't Allow Laparoscopic Appendectomies With Most Other Abdominal Surgeries

Plus: CMS also aims to stop you from billing AWVs with IPPEs.Your surgeon was "in the area" so he decided to laparoscopically remove a patient's appendix while he was there? You won't collect for that anymore, thanks to new edits included in the Correct Coding Initiative.CCI version 17.3, which takes effect Oct. 1, offers 1,380 new edit pairs and 835 terminated bundles, according to an analysis by Frank Cohen, MPA, MBB, principal and senior analyst with The Frank Cohen Group, LLC. As was the case with the previous CCI edition, the majority of edits impact the codes from the musculoskeletal code range (20000-29999), but bundles did occur to codes throughout the CPT® manual.You'll find 44970 (Laparoscopy, surgical, appendectomy) bundled into most surgical codes involving the pelvic region, from ruptured spleen repair code 38115 to ovarian resection code 58950, and beyond. What's more, the appendectomy edits cannot be undone using a [...]

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