you stated the path was ca in situ. this is not a malignancy since it was insitu there will be no progression of the disease. Malignancy is a process which progresses and metasticizes therefore from what you post you suspected malignancy and found insitu, which is not malignant.I have reviewed the V71.1 and now I do not believe I can use it. It states..
This category is to be used when persons without a diagnosis are suspected of having an abnormal condition, without signs or symptoms, which requires study, but after examination and observation, is found not to exist. This category is also for use for administrative and legal observation status.
I believe this would work if a patient had a lesion removed and the insurance would deny it due to cosmetic reasons because it was benign, but we suspected malignancy and FOUND malignancy with a benign excision.
Am I reading too much into it?
But why not? It explains the reason for the removal beautifully. It is first listed only allowed. I worked in the cancer center for several years and this code was used often and for situations just like this one. there is no problem with it. I am just wondering why you do not feel it is appropriate.I would not use V71.1