AMA CPT® Assistant - 2008 Issue 11 (November)

Surgery/Digestive System (November 2008)

November 2008 page 11 Surgery/Digestive System Question: How would you code implantation of an enterocutaneous fistula plug, a procedure to correct an abnormal passage that leaks the contents of the stomach or the intestine (small or large bowel) to other organs, usually other parts of the intestine (entero-enteral) or the skin (enterocutaneous)? Answer: There is no specific CPT code to describe implantation of an enterocutaneous fistula plug. If the enterocutaneous fistula is small or large intestine, then code 44799, Unlisted procedure, intestine, should be used to report this procedure. Supporting documentation (eg, an operative report or office notes) should...

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