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Can we report CPT codes 43247 and 43246 for a same encounter?


Intubation of the gastrointestinal tract (e.g., percutaneous placement of G-tube, CPT code 43246) includes subsequent removal of the tube.  CPT codes such as 43247 (upper gastrointestinal endoscopic removal of foreign body) should not be reported for routine removal of previously placed therapeutic devices.
 

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