Endoscopy and Separate E/M Service

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Endoscopy and Separate E/M Service

Minor procedures (including colonoscopy and endoscopy) have a zero- or 10-day global period and no pre-operative period (other than the day of the procedure). As such, the initial office consultation with the provider to determine the indications and need for an endoscopy, potential risks, type of sedation, preparation, etc., is a billable service, when medically necessary.
For example, a patient presenting to the office for a screening colonoscopy consult has chronic medical conditions and/or takes medication that may affect the risks, preparation method, or type of sedation, for the procedure, all of which requires additional consideration and medical decision making. The patient meets with a provider to discuss these issues, and to decide whether to proceed and what precautions will be taken.
Regardless of when this service is performed (e.g., the day of the screening or the day of/several days before the screening), you may report it separately, as supported by documentation. By the same logic, a patient presenting to the office for a colonoscopy or endoscopy consultation due to symptoms or a medical condition will require additional decision making which will substantiate a billable service.

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Karla Hurraw, CPC, CCS-P, holds a degree in Medical Office Administration and is the Lead Professional Coder for DeKalb Health Medical Group at DeKalb Health in Auburn, Ind. She is a member of the Fort Wayne, Ind., local chapter.

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  1. John North says:

    When scheduled for both an endoscopy and a colonoscopy is it a medical necessity to perform the procedures at different times?

  2. Maricela Harris says:

    So, when a patient comes in, asymptomatic, but has history of long-term anticoagulant use for a circulatory disorder, and reports, upon being questioned during exam if he ever experienced gastric reflux, that he has, but only when taking a specific medication late at night, can the MD charge a consultation? If so, would the primary diagnosis still be the Z12.11, as that was the intent of the visit, and the diagnostic codes of GERD and Long-term anticoagulant be secondary and tertiary diagnoses?