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Codes for GI Cocktail

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    I don't normally code for GI, but this question has come up that I need some guideance on please.

    What codes would you use for a "GI cocktail?"

    The patient came into the physician's office with stomach cramps and vomiting. The physician diagnosed the patient with gastroenteritis and gave the patient a GI cocktail. I have the codes for everything else, but how do you code the GI cocktail? Thanks.
    Dawson Ballard, Jr., CPC, CEMC, CPMA, CCS-P, CPC-P, CRHC, AAPC Fellow
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    There isn't one that I know of. If anyone does know of one, please let us know!! Currently, we simply consider it as part of the E/M.

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    Lisa,

    I agree. I do not have my CPT book in front of me but I recall using 99070 in the past. I once worked for a GI physician and this was how we billed it. Nine times out of ten, it was included in the E/M.

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    That is what I thought as well, but I wanted to make sure. Thanks to both of you!
    Dawson Ballard, Jr., CPC, CEMC, CPMA, CCS-P, CPC-P, CRHC, AAPC Fellow
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    Psst, we use HCPCS code

    J3490-unclasifed drug.

    In are system over here we bill it out like this J3490.01- with the description of GI cocktail. Don't ask me why they add the .01, but it's an internal thing we do.
    So I just recommend you use j3490 and see what comes of it.
    I've seen payment on it. So good luck.

    Daniel CPC

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    HCPCS codes J0000 - J9999 are "drugs administered other than oral method". A GI cocktail is given orally.

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    I never thought about the HCPCS codes. I thought there was a CPT code for the administration of the cocktail. Thanks to all for the help.
    Last edited by dballard2004; 03-23-2008 at 03:21 PM.
    Dawson Ballard, Jr., CPC, CEMC, CPMA, CCS-P, CPC-P, CRHC, AAPC Fellow
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    Check this site out.

    http://physicianservices.carilion.co...rner/menu2.htm

    Looks like I learned something myself, found that this site says to use


    J8499- Prescription drug, oral, non-chemotherapeutic.

    For GI cocktail. Vs what I said J3490.

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    Thanks for this! It has helped me tremendously!
    Dawson Ballard, Jr., CPC, CEMC, CPMA, CCS-P, CPC-P, CRHC, AAPC Fellow
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    For GI cocktail we bill A9150 and 2 units of J8499

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