Advance for Health Information Professionals: “CPC-GI Certification Shows You Mean Business”
If you work at a practice that specializes in gastroenterology (GI), it’s apparent that many of the procedures are repetitive. This means your coding should be on target the first time, or you are just making more work for yourself and losing revenue trying to fix accrued mistakes.
An example of a repetitive gastroenterology procedure is changing and inserting tubes and stents: different codes are used for the procedure if done manually or endoscopically. When multiple procedures are done during endoscopies, practices often don’t code for removal of polyps when using a snare, hot biopsy or ablation. This is a common area of incorrect GI coding and it may cost you money. It can also become a compliance issue.