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    Default Removal of Gastrostomy Tube

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    The GI physician removed G-Tubes on 2 patients no EGD or anything just the removal of the tube. I know there is not a code for this procedure, but everything I have read states that it is included in the E/M. Since it is in an ASC could we bill anything for this? Thank You

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    it depends on your contract with the insurance for the two patients the physician did this for.
    Medicare will not allow E/M codes at an asc such as 99214.

    most insurances will follow this criteria. however, i have some contracts that if the code that was performed is not on their list of payable codes for an asc, then we get reimbursed at 40% of billed amount up to a maximum payable.
    it would be best for you to talk to the person at your facility who maintains your contracts and ask him/her to get the OPG lists for each individual commercial insurance. Then talk to your contractor and understand how your contracts will pay you if a code is not on that list.

    hope this helps
    caprice w. cpc

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