AMA CPT® Assistant - 2006 Issue 4 (April)

Surgery: Digestive System-- Bariatric Surgery (April 2006)

April 2006 page 19 Digestive System - Bariatric Surgery, 49320 (Q&A) Question Is it appropriate to separately report a diagnostic laparoscopy when a surgical laparoscopy is performed? AMA Comment From a CPT coding perspective, a surgical laparoscopy always includes a diagnostic laparoscopy. Therefore, it is not appropriate to separately report a diagnostic laparoscopy when a surgical laparoscopy is performed. When a diagnostic laparoscopy (peritoneoscopy) is performed as a separate procedure, report CPT code 49320, Laparoscopy, abdomen, peritoneum, and omentum, diagnostic, with or without collection of specimen(s) by brushing or washing (separate procedure). Digestive System - Bariatric Surgery, 49320...

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