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    Default 45380 vs. 45385

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    My physicians were told at a seminar in 2001 that if a polyp was completely removed with cold forceps (45380) then you could charge a polypectomy
    (45385). I have heard that this was documented in 2005 but I need to have written documentation for my physicians. Does anyone know where I can find this information?

    Stephanie W.

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    Apr 2007
    orange, ca


    i thought i read that back then too....but it might have changed because i ran across this earlier this year (published march 2009)
    If the technique is stated to be by cold biopsy forceps, code 45380 should be assigned and not a code from the 45383 - 45385 code range.

    taken from here....

    it's not what you were looking for but it may be the most updated/corrected coding now-a-days...hoped it helped anyhows!

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    45380 and 45385 are two different methods for removing a polyp. 45380 can be used to biopsy a polyp and/or remove a polyp by using cold biopsy forceps. 45385 is the use of cold or hot snare to remove a polyp. Polypectomy is just a generic term that covers many different methods of removing a polyp.

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