Converting a service from a laparoscopic to open procedure

March 2nd, 2009 - Codapedia Editor
Categories:   Coding   Surgical Billing & Coding  
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Some surgeries are planned to be laparoscopic procedures, but the physician needs to convert the service to an open procedure.  In that case, bill only for the open procedure.   If there was significant extra work, meeting the criteria for use of modifier 22, and this is documented, then add that to the service.

In addition to the primary diagnosis code, add V64.41, laparoscopic surgical proceduer converted to open procedure

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