CPT Code 22901

CPT code 22901 is for the surgical excision of a deep abdominal tumor that is 5 cm or larger.

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What is CPT Code 22901

CPT code 22901 is used to describe the surgical procedure for the excision of a deep abdominal tumor that is 5 centimeters or larger. This code is specifically for cases where the tumor is located deep within the abdominal tissues, requiring a more complex and invasive surgical approach to remove it.

Does CPT 22901 Need a Modifier?

When billing for CPT code 22901 (Excision of abdominal tumor, deep, 5 cm or greater), it is essential to consider the appropriate use of modifiers to ensure accurate reimbursement and compliance with payer requirements. Below is a list of potential modifiers that could be used with CPT code 22901, along with the reasons for their use:

1. Modifier 22 - Increased Procedural Services
- Use this modifier if the procedure required significantly greater effort or complexity than typically required for the described service.

2. Modifier 50 - Bilateral Procedure
- Apply this modifier if the procedure was performed on both sides of the body during the same operative session.

3. Modifier 51 - Multiple Procedures
- Use this modifier when multiple procedures, other than E/M services, are performed at the same session by the same provider.

4. Modifier 59 - Distinct Procedural Service
- This modifier is used to indicate that a procedure or service was distinct or independent from other services performed on the same day.

5. Modifier 62 - Two Surgeons
- Apply this modifier if two surgeons worked together as primary surgeons performing distinct parts of the procedure.

6. Modifier 66 - Surgical Team
- Use this modifier when a team of surgeons is required to perform the procedure due to its complexity.

7. Modifier 76 - Repeat Procedure by Same Physician
- This modifier is used if the same physician needs to repeat the procedure on the same day.

8. Modifier 77 - Repeat Procedure by Another Physician
- Apply this modifier if a different physician repeats the procedure on the same day.

9. Modifier 78 - Unplanned Return to the Operating/Procedure Room by the Same Physician Following Initial Procedure for a Related Procedure During the Postoperative Period
- Use this modifier if the patient requires an unplanned return to the operating room for a related procedure during the postoperative period.

10. Modifier 79 - Unrelated Procedure or Service by the Same Physician During the Postoperative Period
- This modifier is used when an unrelated procedure is performed by the same physician during the postoperative period of the initial procedure.

11. Modifier 80 - Assistant Surgeon
- Apply this modifier if an assistant surgeon is required to help with the procedure.

12. Modifier 81 - Minimum Assistant Surgeon
- Use this modifier if a minimum assistant surgeon is required for the procedure.

13. Modifier 82 - Assistant Surgeon (when qualified resident surgeon not available)
- This modifier is used when an assistant surgeon is necessary because a qualified resident surgeon is not available.

14. Modifier AS - Physician Assistant, Nurse Practitioner, or Clinical Nurse Specialist Services for Assistant at Surgery
- Apply this modifier when a PA, NP, or CNS assists in the surgery.

By appropriately applying these modifiers, healthcare providers can ensure that their claims for CPT code 22901 are accurately processed and reimbursed.

CPT Code 22901 Medicare Reimbursement

CPT code 22901 is reimbursed by Medicare, but the reimbursement specifics can vary based on several factors. To determine if this code is reimbursed under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS), healthcare providers should refer to the MPFS database, which outlines the payment rates for services covered by Medicare. Additionally, it is crucial to consult with the relevant Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) for your region, as MACs are responsible for processing Medicare claims and can provide detailed information on coverage policies and any potential local coverage determinations (LCDs) that may affect reimbursement for CPT code 22901.

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