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Gastroenterology Coding Alert

Reader Question:

Avoid Reporting Surgical, Diagnostic Endoscopy Codes Together

Question: Our GI physician performed a sigmoidoscopy for screening purposes. During the procedure, she detected polyps in the distal colon. The physician removed the polyps using the snare technique. Which codes apply here? Should we bill both 45330 and 45338? SuperCoder Subscriber Answer: Most likely the answer is no. Instead of reporting both 45330 (Sigmoidoscopy, flexible; diagnostic, including collection of [...]