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Stump appendicitis

Cristina Posted Wed 18th of May, 2016 13:47:31 PM
i have a patient that had a laparoscopic appendectomy on 10/15/2014 and now had a Laparoscopic completion appendectomy done because of stump appendicitis. my surgeon is billing cpt code 44970 and dx code k352 and insurance is denying our claim. Please advise on how to code this surgery. thank you
SuperCoder Answered Thu 19th of May, 2016 06:14:39 AM
Hi, In comparison to 44970(Laparoscopy, surgical, appendectomy), you can use here 44979(Unlisted laparoscopy procedure, appendix)for given procedure. Kindly send the reason for denial. Thanks!
Cristina Posted Thu 19th of May, 2016 13:28:29 PM
They are stating we are in excess of the maximum allowed by this provider.
SuperCoder Answered Fri 20th of May, 2016 07:57:44 AM
OK,then you would use Unlisted code 44979 for the procedure.

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