AHA Coding Clinic® for HCPCS - 2018 Issue 4

To lyse or not to lyse adhesions

The Central Office on HCPCS has received numerous questions recently regarding how to report and assign the appropriate CPT code for lysis of adhesions. Many of the questions express concern over when it is appropriate to report lysis of adhesions and what type of supportive documentation is needed. With the increased volume of questions received regarding lysis of adhesions, we felt the need to revisit these issues in more detail. Let us look at what the lysis procedure is and what adhesions are. Lysis is a procedure performed to free, divide or break down scar tissue (adhesions) that restrict...

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