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Column 2 Codes

Camille Posted Mon 09th of September, 2019 21:40:00 PM
Performed: 44970, Lap Appendectomy and 44180, Lap LOA. There is a mutually exclusive edit. 44180 is a column 2 code to 44970. Is it inappropriate to bill the column II code (44180) by itself-due to it having the highest RVU? Or must one bill the column 1 code as 44180 is considered an integral part of 44970? Thank you.
SuperCoder Answered Tue 10th of September, 2019 03:27:18 AM
Hi nbsp As per the NCCI Manual CHAPTER Page no Open enterolysis CPT code and laparoscopic enterolysis CPT code are defined by the CPT Manual as separate procedures They are not separately reportable with other intra-abdominal or pelvic procedures However if a provider performs an extensive and time-consuming enterolysis in...

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