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Gastroenterology Coding Alert

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Don't Let Separate DOS Confuse Your Paracentesis Claims

Question: The gastroenterologist performed paracentesis on a patient to drain fluid from his abdominal cavity in two sessions that were two days apart. How should we report the encounters? Can we code for both the initial and subsequent paracentesis on the claim? Texas Subscriber Answer: You should report the two sessions separately as according to your description, the first session was [...]