AMA CPT® Assistant - 1997 Issue 3 (March)

Laparoscopy, 56300-56399 (Q&A) (March 1997)

March 1997 page 11b Coding Consultation Laparoscopy, 56300-56399 (Q&A) Question If a procedure is performed laparoscopically, but there is no code in the Laparoscopic section of CPT (codes 56300-56399) specific to this procedure, can I use the "open" procedure code or do I need to report a code that specifically states "Laparoscopic"? AMA Comment If a procedure is performed laparoscopically and there is no specific code for this procedure in the Laparoscopic codes 56300-56399, then the unlisted code 56399 should be reported for this procedure. It is not appropriate to report an "open" code for a laparoscopic procedure...

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