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  1. #1
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    Apr 2007
    Peoria, Illinois

    Default endoscopic gastrocutaneous fistula

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    We have an op note where the doctor dictates he used sutures to close a gastrocutaneous fistula but he did it endoscopically. We are going back and forth between CPT 43880 and 43999. Any suggestions on which one is the correct CPT? Thanks!

  2. #2
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    Apr 2007

    Cool gastrocolic fistula

    I would say 43880. It does not specify open or endoscopic procedure.

  3. #3
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    Apr 2007
    Vancouver Washington


    43880 is specifically listed as an open procedure. My docs do this procedure alot, and we use unlisted stomach 43999.

    hope this helps!!
    Jaime Wicklund, CPC

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    Apr 2007
    Peoria, Illinois


    Thanks for all your help. I researched both based on the answers I got and the 43999 is the appropriate one to use.

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