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screening colonoscopy

Rebeka Posted Sun 15th of December, 2013 18:32:41 PM

A screening colonoscopy was performed. 2 polyps were removed with snare and one was removed with hot biopsy forceps. What are the icd 9 and procedure codes?

SuperCoder Answered Mon 16th of December, 2013 08:13:47 AM


You should just use modifier 59 (Distinct procedural service) appended to 45384 (Colonoscopy with removal of tumor[s], polyp[s], or other lesion[s] by hot biopsy forceps or bipolar cautery). Both 45385 (Colonoscopy; with removal of tumor[s], polyp[s], or other lesion[s] by snare technique) and 45384 include the value of a diagnostic colonoscopy.

In this case, you would choose 45385 (with the higher RVU), and place it in the primary position, while 45384 goes in the secondary position. The lesser value code (45384) will be paid at full price minus the cost of the diagnostic service. Appending modifier 59 would tell the insurance carrier that the lesions were different and were removed from different areas of the colon.

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