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Simplify Your Mesh Coding With These 5 Steps

Posted on 22. Jan, 2012 by in Hot Coding Topics

You might frequently observe mesh placement during hernia repair, but you cannot always bill this procedure separately. Read on to know when to report this.

1. Claim Placement With Incisional/Ventral Hernia

You may report placement of mesh (49568, Implantation of mesh or other prosthesis for incisional or ventral hernia repair) separately only when the surgeon repairs an incisional or ventral hernia.

Know the details: Report 49568 with 49560 (Repair initial incisional or ventral hernia; reducible), 49561 (… incarcerated or strangulated), 49565 (Repair recurrent incisional or ventral hernia; reducible) and 49566 (… incarcerated or strangulated) when the surgeon documents mesh placement during the hernia repair.

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