Laparoscopic or Open, How can you tell?

Laparoscopic or Open, How can you tell?

February 6, 2020

Question:
If a code does not specify whether the procedure described is laparoscopic or open, is it acceptable to use it if the procedure was performed laparoscopically?

Answer:
No. Laparoscopic codes will always have the term “laparoscopic” in the code description. If there is no laparoscopic code for a procedure you performed laparoscopically, you must report an unlisted code. Robotic is also reported as laparoscopic.  Codes that do not specifically say laparoscopic or percutaneous, are intended and valued as open procedures.

*This response is based on the best information available as of 2/6/20.

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