You are correct. You can't bill Medicare for a screening pre-op visit. Our doctors don't see referred patients before a screening colon. (Probably because they won't get paid). The staff does a pre-op questionnaire, then on the day of the colon, the Dr. does an H&P. The patient gets results same day, unless there is pathology, in which case they send the patient a letter with the results. Now, if there happen to be other findings, and the Dr. wants to see the patient for a follow-up visit to further address those findings, then we bill the follow up visit with their diagnosis as the reason for the visit. I don't think you can bill Medicare for an office visit solely for the purpose of giving the patient results of a screening colonoscopy. Hope this helps.
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