Billing for an iatrogenic injury, not my patient. (Stage 2)

Billing for an iatrogenic injury, not my patient. (Stage 2)

July 11, 2019

Question:
My surgeon was called to the OR by an OB-GYN who accidentally lacerated the bowel during an open gynecological procedure.  She repaired the bowel with sutures. Should the diagnosis code be the same diagnosis as the reason for the primary surgery?

Answer:
No. The diagnosis code for your surgeon would be K01.72 Accidental puncture and laceration of a digestive system organ or structure during other procedure.

*This response is based on the best information available as of 07/11/19.

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