Quick Tip: Always Bundle Fluoroscopy to Endoscopic Procedures

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If the provider uses fluoroscopic guidance during an endoscopic procedure, you may never report the fluoroscopic guidance separately, for Medicare payers. Per Chapter VII of the National Correct Coding Initiative Policy Manual for Medicare Services:

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If fluoroscopy is performed during an endoscopic procedure, it is integral to the procedure. This principle applies to all endoscopic procedures including, but not limited to, laparoscopy, hysteroscopy, thoracoscopy, arthroscopy, esophagoscopy, colonoscopy, other GI endoscopy, laryngoscopy, bronchoscopy, and cystourethroscopy.

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John Verhovshek, MA, CPC, is a contributing editor at AAPC. He has been covering medical coding and billing, healthcare policy, and the business of medicine since 1999. He is an alumnus of York College of Pennsylvania and Clemson University.

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