Coding a Colectomy with Diverting Ileostomy

January 19, 2017

Question:
How is a partial colectomy with diverting ileostomy coded? The partial colectomy codes say “with colostomy”.

Answer:
Thank you for asking. We have recently revised the recommendation for this procedure based on new information. It is appropriate to use codes that say “with colostomy” (for example, 44141, 44146, 44208) when a diverting ileostomy is performed instead of a colostomy. When these codes were originally valued the codes were valued for either a colostomy or an ileostomy.

*This response is based on the best information available as of 01/19/17.

Newsletter_Signup_CodingCoaches

Sign Up
resources and more sent to your inbox
Want more from KZA? Get coding coaches, blog posts,

_______

Join KZAlerts!
Sign up for KZAlertsSign up for KZAlerts

Coding Coaches