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Gastroenterology Coding Alert

CCI 18.2 Update:

Factor in These Bundles Affecting Intubations and GI Endoscopies

And watch these chemodenervation bundles. If you're reporting duodenal intubations with upper GI endoscopies, you will need to apply the brakes, thanks to the latest version of the Correct Coding Initiative (CCI) edits -- Version 18.2 that came into effect July 1, 2012. Read on for details on how the new set of edits will affect reporting these procedures together. Overview: The CCI released version 18.2, effective July 1, 2012, revealing 2,521 new active pairs and 88 code pair deletions, said Frank D. Cohen, MPA, MBB, senior analyst with The Frank Cohen Group, LLC, in his analysis of the changes. Of the over 2,500 new pairings, 122 had a retroactive effective date of Jan. 1, 2012, while the remaining 2,399 went into effect on July 1. All of the code bundle deletions were effective June 30. Distinguish Between Mutually Exclusive and Non-Mutually Exclusive Edits As per the latest version of CCI [...]

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