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Gastroenterology Coding Alert

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Keep Bariatric Surgery Requirements in Mind

Question: Our physician performed bariatric surgery for an obese patient with coronary heart disease. We reported both E66.01 (Morbid [severe] obesity due to excess calories) and Z68.45 (BMI 70 or greater, adult), which have worked in the past. Can you explain what the problem is? Subscriber Answer: It sounds like you’re most of the way there—you’ve reported the first two codes [...]

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