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Gastroenterology Coding Alert

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Extent of Scope Decides Endoscopy + Ablation Code

Question: How do I code this procedure? The notes show that the physician performed a small bowel enteroscopy with ablation of duodenal AVMs- (arteriovenous malformations)? New Jersey Subscriber Answer: Take a look at 44369 (Small intestinal endoscopy, enteroscopy beyond second portion of duodenum, not including ileum; with ablation of tumor[s], polyp[s], or other lesion[s] not amenable to removal by hot biopsy forceps, [...]