tci Outpatient Facility Coding Alert - 2013 Issue 3

Reader Question: Try Reporting 99070 for 'GI Cocktail'

Question: The gastroenterologist noted that he administered a GI cocktail. What is this, and how should we bill it? Virginia Subscriber Answer: A GI cocktail is a mixture of antacid, viscous lidocaine and anticholinergics that the gastroenterologist will sometimes administer orally to patients as a treatment for dyspepsia. There is no specific code to report this mixture. You can try reporting this with 99070 (Supplies and materials [except spectacles], provided by the physician or other qualified health care professional over and above those usually included with the office visit or other services rendered [list drugs, trays, supplies, or materials...

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