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Balloon Sweeep w/o Removing Stones

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    Can we bill for a 43264 when they discover no stones present? Or can we bill with a 52 reduced services modifier? The doctor still did the procedure, there just wasn't any stones present. Thanks from Digestive Health Associates of Southwest Michigan!

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    At that point I've heard you can bill 43271 for balloon dialation.


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    During ERCP, it is routine to do a sweep to make sure the ducts are clear.
    In the event that sludge and stones were removed.... charge 43264.
    I would not use 43271 unless it is specifically documented that the bile duct and / or pancreatic duct was dilated during the procedure. If there are no stones, I would use 43260.

    Mary Jo Russman, CPC, CGIC, CMC
    Cleveland Clinic Digestive Disease Institute
    Last edited by russmam; 06-24-2011 at 09:51 AM. Reason: added a phrase

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