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Old 01-10-2012, 09:36 AM
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I have an E/M card that states "Colon Mass". (thats all the info I have) There is disagreement on the code. I feel that the code should be 569.9 and others feel it should be 239.0. Please clearify
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Old 01-10-2012, 09:57 AM
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I have an E/M card that states "Colon Mass". (thats all the info I have) There is disagreement on the code. I feel that the code should be 569.9 and others feel it should be 239.0. Please clearify
You definitely would NOT use 239.0 as that relates to a neoplasm. A mass is not necessarily neoplastic, it may just be swelling. 569.9, although rather vague, is appropriate.
Another option is 789.3* but the fifth digit choice is difficult because you don't know where in the colon the mass is located.
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Old 01-10-2012, 10:02 AM
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Without a pathology report specifically stating that the mass is a neoplasm of unspecified nature you can NOT call it that. That is a daignosis that only a pathologist can make.

How about 569.9 unspecified disorder of intestine?
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Old 01-10-2012, 10:18 AM
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thats what I used was the 569.9. all directions seemed to point in that direction. The 789.3* dosent seem to fit because its not really in the abd or pelvic region.
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238.x Neoplasm of uncertain behavior is a dx rendered by pathology indicating cells of uncertain morphology.
[b]239.x neoplasm unspecified[b] is a "working" diagnosis that can be used after a preliminary diagnostic workup has been performed indicating a tumor. A tumor is a neoplastic process that has not been identified as of yet. So if you have a preliminary workup and the provider knows the mass is not a cyst or an abcess and state it is a tumor and further workup will be performed, then you may use 239.x.
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I dont have anything but an E/M card stating "Colon Mass"
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I would not code without the documentation.
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If you look up mass in your ICD-9 it instructs you to see disease of specified organ for all organs not listed - disease of the colon is 569.9. You don't need any other info to code that at this point.
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I strongly disagree just because an E/M card says colon mass does not mean this is what is documented in the chart note. We should never bill out codes we do not first verify with the documentation.
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Default question regarding right colon mass ICD-9 Code

if a patient presents to our clinic.. with confirmed colon cancer... when doing her hemicolectomy.. her Dx: code would be from the neoplasm table even though the op report states Dx is a mass, correct?
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