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Gastroenterology Coding Alert

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Modifier 78 is Your Friend for Post-Procedure Visits

Question: A Medicare patient returned to the endoscopy lab at 4 p.m. to control a bleeding polypectomy site in the ascending colon after a colonoscopy performed at 10 a.m. The same physician performed both procedures. Which is the best code and modifier combination to report this? Alaska Subscriber Answer: You should use code 45382(Colonoscopy, flexible, proximal to splenic flexure; with control of [...]