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    Medical Coding Books
    I have a question regarding a colonoscopy billed with an upper endoscopy in the same operative session. Modifier 59 is not needed when these two procedures are billed together? and would a modifier 51 be necessary as multiple procedures?
    Thank you very much.

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    Columbia, MO
    you do not need a 59 as the descriptor inherent in the code indicates separate and distinct. in other words you may not use a colonoscopic approach to examine the esophagus. However depending on payer an 51 may be required.

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

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