Reporting Bowel Left in Discontinuity

Reporting Bowel Left in Discontinuity

June 14, 2018

Question:
What codes are reported if the bowel is left in discontinuity as part of damage control surgery?

Answer:
Since the bowel is resected but an anastomosis is not performed, report the appropriate bowel resection code with a 52 modifier for reduced services.

*This response is based on the best information available as of 06/14/18.

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