AMA CPT® Assistant - 2000 Issue 1 (January)

Surgery Digestive System Intestines (Except Rectum) (January 2000)

January 2000 page 11-end Coding Consultation Digestive System, Surgery, Intestines (Except Rectum), 44005 (Q&A) Question Is it appropriate to ever report code 44005 with the other intestine codes? If so, under what circumstances? AMA Comment From a CPT coding perspective there are some instances when you could report code 44005 with other intestine codes. In the instance where dense, extensive adhesions require significantly greater physician work and procedural complexity, it would be appropriate to report code 44005-59 in addition to the intestinal surgery procedure. The physician would need to document these circumstances in the operative report. Digestive System...

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