Archive January 2008 IX, No. 1

Is Your Facility Ready for Lap Cholecystectomies?

Experts offer advice on what you need to get started with this procedure and make it efficient.

Nathan Hall, Associate Editor

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Medicare's new ASC payment system will cut the reimbursement rates for many procedures, but there are a few spots of good news. Among the HCPCS codes are three new and welcomed additions: laparoscopic cholecystectomy codes 47562, 47563 and 47564. With each code reimbursed at $1,885.06, lap chole may be a procedure that you're considering adding to your case mix — especially if you're already offering laparoscopy. While some have voiced safety concerns about performing lap choles in the outpatient setting, recent research shows that it can be safe and cost-effective if you carefully select patients. Here's what the experts say you should know.

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