Rib Resection with Breast Reconstruction

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January 9, 2014

Question:

I did a breast reconstruction with a free flap, actually a DIEP flap, and billed 19364 for the breast reconstruction as well as 21600 for the rib resection. The insurance company paid me for the breast reconstruction but denied payment on the rib resection. I appealed the denial but lost – they said that the rib resection is included in the breast reconstruction code. Do you agree?

Answer:

Yes, we do. And, as a matter of fact, so does CPT. The CPT Assistant, July 2012 specifically states that the rib resection is included in 19364 and should not be separate reported.