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Thread: Using 43273 add on code with ERCP'S

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    Yes, 43273 is used in addition to the ERCP codes you mention. It is an "add-on" code and can only be billed with another ERCP code.
    Jenny Berkshire, CPC, CEMC, CGIC

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    Default Using 43273 add on code with ERCP'S

    Is the new add on code for ERCP'S of 43273 used automatically with 43260, 43261, 43263-43265 and 43267-43272?

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    Thank you for your reply

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    Question ERCP add on code/need help

    I code for two GI Dr's. One does ERCP's and he is telling me that I can not use the new CPT add on code of 43273 because it is only for using the SpyGlass technology in which you actually place a catheter with the scope into the bile and/or pancreatic duct. He says if it says cholangioscopy or pancreatoscopy than that is what that is. When he does his ERCP's he dictates the following:
    "Major papilla was identified and selective cannulation of the common bile duct was first performed with the scope and a cholangiogram obtained"
    So my question is this. Is the new add on code a generic code that can be used in his situation?
    thanks so much.
    confused coder

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