Pre-Op EGD billable for Bariatric Surgery?

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Anyone know if you can bill for the Pre-Op EGD for Bariatric Surgery? Is it included in the "package"?
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I don't believe that is included in a package. I would bill for any pre-op diagnostic testing.
 
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What would you code?

I don't believe that is included in a package. I would bill for any pre-op diagnostic testing.

I want to bill for the pre-op testing as well, but unsure of what to code as the DX ... ?

For example, a patient may undergo EGD (43235) prior to Gastric Bypass, so how would we code our Primary DX? ... Patients are often over-weight prior to the bypass surgery, but I noticed the DX (E66.01) for obesity is NOT on the LCD for 43235 ... so will it just be denied? ... What is the proper/payable DX for such a pre-testing procedure?

Any advice is appreciated :)
 
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