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codes 43244 with 43255

Amber Posted Tue 26th of May, 2015 13:44:52 PM

Would it be correct to code both of these codes together during a procedure if they used rubber band ligation to control the bleeding in the same area? I would think this would be the same thing?

SuperCoder Answered Tue 26th of May, 2015 20:39:54 PM

Thanks for your question. According to CPT®, you are not supposed to use 43244; Esophagogastroduodenoscopy, flexible, transoral; with band ligation of esophageal/gastric varices and 43255; Esophagogastroduodenoscopy, flexible, transoral; with control of bleeding, any method on the same lesion. CCI allows the codes to be billed together with a modifier, but that would only be appropriate on separate sites. Hope this helps.

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