There must be clearly documented medical necessity in order to bill a visit prior to a screening colonoscopy. "Taking a history" is included in the procedure. There could be medical necessity to see the patient prior to a screening if the patient was a diabetic and they had to "adjust" their insulin. Or another scenario would be if the patient was on plavix, that would need to "adjusted or stopped" prior to the procedure. Other than for those scenarios, you shouldn't bill a visit prior to the procedure. Where is the justification for the visit. There nothing wrong with the patient, they are coming to the surgeon for a screening, not a problem or illness.
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