AHA Coding Clinic® for HCPCS - 2011 Issue 4; ASK the EDITOR

Laparoscopic diaphragm pacing electrode implantation

A patient with a significant history of shortness of breath for over a year following brachial plexus surgery was admitted for a laparoscopic diaphragm pacing electrode implantation. According to the operative report a supraumbilical vertical incision in the Hasson technique was utilized and the abdomen was entered for insufflations. What is the appropriate CPT procedure code for the laparoscopic implantation of the diaphragm pacemaker inserted? ...

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