V Codes a Must for Preventive Medicine Visits

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You must always match preventive medicine codes with a V code, even for Medicare patients.
A preventive medicine service is not a problem-oriented visit. Instead of signs and symptoms or other “problem” diagnoses, use an ICD-9 code that supports the services provided (e.g., V70.0 Routine general medical examination at a health care facility for adults; V72.31 Routine gynecological examination for gynecologic exams; or V20.2 Routine infant or child health check for well-child care). You may apply additional special screening codes (V73.0-V82.9), as appropriate.

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John Verhovshek, MA, CPC, is a contributing editor at AAPC. He has been covering medical coding and billing, healthcare policy, and the business of medicine since 1999. He is an alumnus of York College of Pennsylvania and Clemson University.

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