AMA CPT® Assistant - 2012 Issue 1 (January)

Surgery: Digestive System (Q&A) (January 2012)

January 2012 page 13a Surgery: Digestive System Question: A laparoscopic appendectomy is done for an indicated purpose at the time of another major procedure (not as a separate procedure) to correspond to the open add-on code 44955. Is add-on code 44955 the correct code to report regardless of the method used in performing the major procedure (ie, open or laparoscopic)? Answer: There is no CPT code to report a laparoscopic appendectomy when done for an indicated purpose at the time of another major procedure. Therefore, unlisted code 44979, Unlisted laparoscopy procedure, appendix, would be reported. When reporting an unlisted...

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