AMA CPT® Assistant - 1997 Issue 6 (June)

Coding Clarification (June 1997)

June 1997 page 9 Coding Communication Coding Clarification codingclarification In the April 1997 issue (CPT Assistant. April 1997:4;8), we referred to the use of code 43496 and omitted a specific clarification. Code 43116-52 should be reported when one physician performs the cervical esophag-ectomy and another physician performs the intestinal or jejunal transfer and microvascular anastomosis. Code 43496 would be reported by the physician performing the microvascular procedure. However, if the same physician performs the cervical esophagectomy and the intestinal or jejunal transfer and microvascular anastomosis, then he/she would only report code 43116. In the last sentence of the...

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