Coding Mesentery Repair

October 4, 2018

Documentation states that the mesentery was repaired as part of where the liver was packed. How is this reported?

Code 44850, Suture of mesentery (separate procedure) is designated as a separate procedure and therefore is included in the more comprehensive procedure, the liver packing.  The separate procedure designation means that the procedure is usually a component of a more complex service and is not reported in addition to the more complex service in performed in the same anatomic area.

*This response is based on the best information available as of 10/04/18.


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