tci General Surgery Coding Alert - 2001 Issue 1

Choose the Correct Hemorrhoid Removal Code To Receive Optimal Reimbursement

The removal of one or more hemorrhoids can lead to several coding dilemmas for general surgery coders. First, it may be difficult to choose from several specific hemorrhoid removal codes. Second, if more than one hemorrhoid is removed, or if more than one procedure is performed, the coder must know which procedures include multiple removals and which are bundled. Third, if the surgeon performs a significant, separately identifiable evaluation and management (E/M) service, or a scope of some kind or both in addition to the removal, the coder must decide which procedures can be billed seperately. Hemorrhoids are veins...

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