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Know How to Code For Incomplete Colonoscopy

Question: A provider performs diagnostic colonoscopy. During the procedure, he is able to progress the colonoscope beyond the splenic flexure, but is not able to reach up to the cecum. How do we report this procedure? Maine Subscriber Answer: This is a diagnostic colonoscopy procedure. In this scenario, you may report 45378 (Colonoscopy, flexible; diagnostic, including collection of specimen[s] by brushing or [...]

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