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45380 and 45383 same polyp

Maarit Posted Wed 02nd of May, 2012 19:05:33 PM

Should I use only one CPT if both procedures were done to same lesion? In this case I would choose the higher RVU 45383?

"The polyp was partially removed by cold biopsy and argon plasma was applied for ablation."

SuperCoder Answered Wed 02nd of May, 2012 19:22:45 PM

The ablation of the tissue (tumor, polyp, or other lesion) can be performed with many different types of devices (heater probe, bipolar cautery probe, argon laser, etc) regardless of whether a sample was obtained with a biopsy forceps before the ablative device is applied.

Choose 45383.

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