Study Supports Colonoscopy without Sedation
Colonoscopy codes in CPT® 2009 all include moderate sedation, but a recent trend in the United States may be an indicator of things to come. Will the drive to lower health care spending be the impetus providers need to perform colonoscopies on patients without sedation?
It isn’t unusual for doctors in other parts of the world to perform diagnostic colonoscopies on consenting nonsedated patients, but until recently it’s practically unheard of in the states. An AMNews Jan. 12 story tells how the practice of performing colonoscopies without sedation has allowed one Californian doctor to continue offering the service during a nursing shortage, and why other medical experts fear change.
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