Coding Laparoscopic Liver Biopsy

Coding Laparoscopic Liver Biopsy

February 1, 2024

Question:
How is a laparoscopic biopsy of the liver reported. Can we use code 47001, Biopsy of liver?

Answer:
47001 Biopsy of liver, needle; when done for indicated purpose at time of other major procedure (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure) may only be reported with an open procedure. See CPT Assistant 1992 below. If a laparoscopic biopsy of the liver is performed at the same time as another laparoscopic procedure, for example a laparoscopic cholecystectomy, report an unlisted code (47379). There is no CPT code for a laparoscopic liver biopsy.

*This response is based on the best information available as of 2/1/24.

 

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