Intraoperative Consults: Is This Consultation Separately Reportable Or Not?

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February 21, 2013

Question:

Our General Surgeon was called into an OB/GYN case to repair a small incidental enterotomy that occurred during an OB/GYN procedure.

Can our surgeon report an intraoperative consultation service in addition to the surgical procedure to repair the enterotomy?

Answer:

Thanks for your inquiry. In the scenario described the intraoperative consultation service is not separately reportable as there is no request for consultation. The surgeon reports the appropriate repair or resection CPT code based on the surgical procedure performed.