Screening vs Elective Colonoscopy

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If the doctor indicates that the patient is coming in for an elective colonoscopy and there are no pre-operative symtoms can V76.51 be used?
 

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So elective can be interpreted as a screening colonoscopy without the words screening colonoscopy appearing on the op report?
 

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In the scenario I'm presenting, no indications for the elective colonoscopy is given. The doctor is not giving preoperative symptoms or stating screening colonoscopy, just elective colonoscopy.
 

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V76.51

I believe there is a coding clinic on this. V76.51 is the first listed/principal diagnosis when a patient presents for a screening colonoscopy (elective) and the patient does not have any symptoms (or no mention of a prior colonoscopy, hence follow up).

Findings (polyps, diverticulosis, hemorrhoids) are listed as secondary only.

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