Results 1 to 3 of 3

E&M coding visit for screening colonoscopy

  1. #1
    Default E&M coding visit for screening colonoscopy
    Medical Coding Books
    Does anyone know how to code for an e&m visit for screening colonoscopy? Would this be a preventive e&m cpt code? I heard that we wouldn't code it a preventive visit because it doesn't meet the requirements. If we code it as a problem e&m I am confused with the MDM area for the number of diagnosis or management options. Any help or advise please?

  2. #2
    Greeley, Colorado
    You can't code an e/m for screening colonoscopy as there is no chief complaint. The patient should just be scheduled for the procedure.
    Lisa Bledsoe, CPC, CPMA

  3. #3
    The patient has to be seen first by the doctor before the procedure. I know if the patient is seen and the procedure is performed the next day the office visit is bundled. But what happens when the patient has an office visit for screening colonoscopy and does not have the procedure performed? Or if the patient has an office visit and 3 weeks later has the procedure? How would the office bill the E&M code ? How does the doctor code the office visit? Isn't the chief complaint screening colonscopy because the doctor is checking for any type of cancer or polyp in the colon?

Similar Threads

  1. visit for screening colonoscopy no symptoms.
    By kbarron in forum Gastroenterology
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 05-11-2016, 12:34 PM
  2. E/M visit prior to screening colonoscopy
    By ashive7431 in forum E/M
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 02-05-2014, 09:28 AM
  3. Visit before Screening Colonoscopy
    By MichelleCPC in forum Medical Coding General Discussion
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 01-03-2011, 12:10 PM
  4. Pre screening colonoscopy visit
    By molisa in forum Gastroenterology
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 08-18-2010, 08:12 AM
  5. Visit prior to a screening colonoscopy
    By BPinchbeck in forum Medicare Regulations
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 04-16-2010, 10:42 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
Enjoying Our Forums?

AAPC forums are a benefit of membership. Joining AAPC grants you unlimited access, allowing you to post questions and participate with our community of over 150,000 professionals.

Join Now Continue Reading Without Full Access

Already a Member?


Close Message

In addition to full participation on AAPC forums, as a member you will be able to:

  • Access to the largest healthcare job database in the world.
  • Join over 150,000 members of the healthcare network in the world.
  • Be a part of an industry leading organization that drives the business side of healthcare.
  • Save anywhere from 10%-50% with exclusive member discounts on courses, books, study materials, and conferences.
  • Access to discounts at hundreds of restaurants, travel destinations, retail stores, and service providers. AAPC members also have opportunities to save on heath, life, and liability insurance.
  • Become a member of a local chapter and attend regular meetings.