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Michelle Posted Mon 01st of June, 2015 17:07:06 PM

Looking for a code for a exploratory laparotomy with rectosigmoid resection and end colostomy

SuperCoder Answered Tue 02nd of June, 2015 00:42:37 AM

1. exploratory laparotomy - CPT code 49000.

2. rectosigmoid resection and end colostomy - CPT 44146.

if you wants to bill both codes together in a single case, you cannot do so since 49000 is a col. 2 code to 44146 which is col. 1 code. And this bundling cannot be bypassed by using a modifier 59. So in case if you are trying to bill these in a single claim, just bill 44146.

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