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Reporting Laser Tumor Ablation is Easier Than You Thought

Question: We encountered a colonoscopy patient recently who required a laser tumor ablation. What is the procedure, and how should we code this? Nevada Subscriber Answer: You will use colonoscopy code 45383 (Colonoscopy, flexible, proximal to splenic flexure; with ablation of tumor[s], polyp[s], or other lesion[s] not amenable to removal by hot biopsy forceps, bipolar cautery or snare technique). You may have [...]

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