Colonoscopy Procedure Coding

slwitt

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If a patient is seen originally for a screening colonoscopy (V76.51) and during the procedure the only problem the physician encounters is diverticulosis 562.10 would this remain a screening procedure for Medicare or would the procedure change to 45378?
 

cconroycpch

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You should code it as a screening colonoscopy and use the V76.51 code as the primary dx and the 562.10 as the secondary dx. If any biopsies, fulgration, or other procedures were performed, then bill for the cpt code with the v76.51 as primary and other dx as secondary.
 

sundaey

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are there any signs or symptoms? usually with patient's who have diverticulitis, they experience abdominal pain, and/or diarrhea. So, if they have any of those signs or symptoms, it is no longer a screening scope, it is a diagnostic. hope that this helps.;)
 

coderguy1939

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A colorectal screening for a Medicare patient not meeting the criteria for high risk you would generally code as follows:

G0121

V76.51
562.10
 
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