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Gastroenterology Coding Alert

Readers Question:

Control of Bleed Pays Only as a Primary Procedure

Question: Our gastroenterologist just attended to a Medicare inpatient and performed an EGD w/biopsy and control of bleed. The E/M was of highest level. How should I code this encounter? Medicare denied control of bleed (43255) as procedure under correct coding initiate guidelines. Does Medicare cover/process codes in order they are listed on the claim?  Missouri Subscriber Answer: As the physician attended [...]