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    I was hoping someone could help me with coding colonscopy w/biopsy and APC. I have a polyp that was only partially removed with cold snare, then the residual polyp was treated w/APC at 18 Watts. Am I able to bill 45385 and 45383 or am I only able to bill one of the removal methods since this is the same polyp?

    Any assistance is greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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    If only one polyp/lesion was treated, you only bill 45383. The NCCI edits bundle 45385 into 45383 and the edit cannot be bypassed with a 59 modifier. In order to bill both these codes with the 59 modifier the procedures must be performed on separate lesions or at separate encounters.
    Jenny Berkshire, CPC, CEMC, CGIC

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