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Gastroenterology Coding Alert

Readers Question:

Justify Pre-operative Evaluation Billing with Accurate Diagnoses

Question: The general surgeon has asked us to determine whether one of our established patients, a 68-year-old male with stenosis, is able to withstand the general anesthesia required to remove a cancerous colon tumor. Can it be billed separately or is it bundled as part of the procedure? Arizona Subscriber Answer: Yes. On some occasions an EKG must be performed prior to [...]