Screening to Diagnostic Colonoscopy

leighannb

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If a patient presents for a screening colonoscopy, and in the process mucosa is found that must be biopsied, and the biopsies are performed, how does one do the diagnostic coding? The patient is not a Medicare patient. I would appreciate any supporting documention.
Thank you so much.
 

shelliet

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I would definately wait for the path. You will not be able to code it correctly until you have that final piece. ;)
 

leighannb

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So, the diagnositic ICD9 code would be used rather than the screening, correct? thanks
 
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