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    Question New to Hemorrhoid Coding ??

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    I am new to hemorrhoid coding....Can someone explain to me what code 46946 means when it states "2 or more hemorrhoid colums/groups"? What is the colums or groups referring to?
    Sonja Little, CPC

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    Milwaukee WI

    Default Lay description

    Here is the lay description from Encoder Pro - it's a little different from what you have (I think)
    The physician performs ligation of internal hemorrhoids. The physician explores the anal canal and identifies the hemorrhoid columns. A single suture ligation of the hemorrhoid columns is performed in 46945. Multiple suture ligations of the hemorrhoid columns are performed in 46946.

    A "column" is just what it sounds like ... an anatomic part or structure in the form of a pillar. A "hemorrhoid" is a varicose condition of a rectal vein. So when the rectal vein is swollen in its "varicose condition" it appears to be like a pillar or column.

    Hope that helps.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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    Smile Thanks

    Yes, that explained it better. I keep all my Coding Edge mags, but could not find anything in them about what the "column" was referring to. Thanks a million.
    Sonja Little, CPC

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