January 2019 Inpatient FAQ

on Wednesday, 02 January 2019. All News Items | FAQ

Q:

What code or codes should be assigned for lysis of adhesions of the Omentum and Peritoneum that was performed during a Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy?




A:

The definition of Release is, “Freeing of a body part from an abnormal physical constraint by cutting or by the use of force.”  Assign, Release Peritoneum, Percutaneous Endoscopic Approach (0DNW4ZZ) for lysis of adhesions because, the Peritoneum is the body part being freed up to perform the Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy in this case.

References:

Coding Clinic, First Quarter 2017, page 35

ICD-10 Inpatient Coding Guidelines

Article by Anita Meyers

Anita Meyers, RHIT, CCS, AHIMA-approved ICD-10 Trainer is an Inpatient Coding Professional at Medical Management Plus, Inc.  Anita has over twenty-six years of experience in inpatient and outpatient coding including 17 years of work at AQAF reviewing inpatient and outpatient records from Alabama hospitals.  In addition to reviewing records she was the team leader in Beneficiary Services where she participated in case review activities, received and processed beneficiary complaints and handled fee-for-service denials for home health, hospice and skilled nursing facility services.  Prior to joining the MMP, Inc. team, Anita left AQAF to become an inpatient contract coder and worked at various hospitals in central Alabama. In her current position, Anita is an integral part of the Inpatient Services at Medical Management Plus, Inc. You may contact Anita at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This material was compiled to share information.  MMP, Inc. is not offering legal advice.  Every reasonable effort has been taken to ensure the information is accurate and useful.

 

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