Billing for an iatrogenic injury, my patient.

Billing for an iatrogenic injury, my patient.

June 6, 2019


The surgeon reported an intestinal perforation caused by a trocar during a laparoscopic cholecystectomy due to extensive adhesions.  He completed the cholecystectomy and also did a suture repair of one perforation of the small intestine. How is this reported?


Iatrogenic, intraoperative complications that are repaired at the same operative session are not separately reported. Since the small bowel perforation was an iatrogenic injury, inadvertently done by the surgeon during a surgery, it is not reported. Only the cholecystectomy should be reported.

*This response is based on the best information available as of 06/06/19.

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