Reporting a Cholecystectomy with a Cholangiogram

Reporting a Cholecystectomy with a Cholangiogram

July 25, 2019

Question:
If a cholangiogram was performed by the surgeon during a cholecystectomy, but the radiologist interprets it, is 47563, Laparoscopy, surgical; cholecystectomy with cholangiography still appropriate?

Answer:
Yes, the codes “with cholangiogram” are valued for intraoperative physician work, not the interpretation.

*This response is based on the best information available as of 07/25/19.

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