tci General Surgery Coding Alert - 2002 Issue 4

Stomach Surgeries: Procedural Notes, Anatomy and Terminology Are Vital

Reviewed on May 6, 2015 Coding for stomach surgery requires detailed procedural notes and familiarity with related anatomy and medical terminology. Many types of procedures, each with several subcategories, may be differentiated in part or entirely by anatomy, notes Marcella Bucknam, CPC, coordinator of the health information management program at Clarkson College in Omaha, Neb.   CPT® includes codes for partial gastrectomies that are performed in the proximal stomach and the distal stomach. Other codes specifically involve the pyloric valve or sphincter through which digested food must pass before entering the small bowel, she says.   ...

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