March 29, 2018
The surgeon did a right colectomy and also documented a resection of the ileum. Is this billed separately as a small bowel resection?
No. The resection of the ileum and anastomosis of the new end of the ileum (the neoterminal ileum) to the remaining colon (an ileocolostomy) is included in the code; 44160 for open and 44205 if performed laparoscopically.
*This response is based on the best information available as of 03/29/18.