Released on Jun 8, 2020

New joint-society telemedicine coding resources available

The American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD), the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG), the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) have developed new telemedicine resources to help our members navigate new Medicare coding rules related to telehealth services and guidance on conducting virtual physical exams during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency (PHE).

Telehealth and virtual services coding guide

The coding guide will help ensure you’re using the right codes and modifiers to maximize reimbursement for the telemedicine and remote services you provide. This two-page guide includes an “at-a-glance” table for coding telehealth, telephone E/M, virtual check-ins, eConsultations and online digital E/M and detailed coding guidance and Medicare reimbursement information.

Telehealth virtual physical exam tips

While documenting the physical exam in the patient’s medical record for a telehealth visit is no longer required for Medicare, it may still be necessary to perform a virtual physical exam for clinical care and some commercial payors still require it. This guide provides examples for conducting and documenting a GI-focused telehealth E/M physical exam.






About Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Gastrointestinal endoscopic procedures allow the gastroenterologist to visually inspect the upper gastrointestinal tract (esophagus, stomach and duodenum) and the lower bowel (colon and rectum) through an endoscope, a thin, flexible device with a lighted end and a powerful lens system. Endoscopy has been a major advance in the treatment of gastrointestinal diseases. For example, the use of endoscopes allows the detection of ulcers, cancers, polyps and sites of internal bleeding. Through endoscopy, tissue samples (biopsies) may be obtained, areas of blockage can be opened and active bleeding can be stopped. Polyps in the colon can be removed, which has been shown to prevent colon cancer.

About the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Since its founding in 1941, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) has been dedicated to advancing patient care and digestive health by promoting excellence and innovation in gastrointestinal endoscopy. ASGE, with more than 15,000 members worldwide, promotes the highest standards for endoscopic training and practice, fosters endoscopic research, recognizes distinguished contributions to endoscopy, and is the foremost resource for endoscopic education. Visit and for more information and to find a qualified doctor in your area.


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