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JH Posted Sat 02nd of December, 2017 04:52:12 AM
Patient is New. Patient is being referred for a screening colonoscopy. Patient has no complaints, Patient has a family history of colon cancer. Comp exam and extended ROS. Physician billing for a 99204. Z00.00; Z80.0; Z12.11 *Colonoscopy being performed on another day. Patient has private insurance; Blue Cross. Would this claim be payable with these codes? Is this a billable situation? or is there a billable situation here?
SuperCoder Answered Mon 04th of December, 2017 03:31:10 AM

CMS does not pay for an Evaluation and Management service prior to a screening colonoscopy.  If a patient is referred from another physician to schedule a screening colonoscopy, do not bill any type of E/M service prior to the procedure.  

  • A visit prior to a screening colonoscopy for a healthy patient is not billable.  

  • Report only for the colonoscopy procedure, on the day it was performed.

Do check with your payer, for separate reimbursement guidelines for evaluation and management prior to screening colonoscopy.

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