OOOPs. I nicked a vessel. Can I bill for repairing it?

OOOPs. I nicked a vessel. Can I bill for repairing it?

May 23, 2019

Question:
The surgeon accidentally nicked a vessel not involved in the bypass being performed, can he bill for repair of vessel since he had to repair it?

Answer:
Iatrogenic, intraoperative complications that are repaired at the same operative session are not separately reported. Since the vessel laceration was an iatrogenic injury, inadvertently done by the surgeon during a surgery, it is not reported.

*This response is based on the best information available as of 5/23/19.

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