AAPC - Back to school
Results 1 to 4 of 4

Thread: follow up vcodes

  1. #1

    Default follow up vcodes

    AAPC: Back to School
    When using the follow up examination V codes, would you include the diagnosis code also? Example the patient comes back for follow up exam for an ear infection, the ear infection is resolved. Would I code 382.00 and the V code or just the V code?

    Denise Smith CPC -A

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Columbia, MO


    Lets look at followup first. When a visit is for followup then we do not need any additionsl code to explain why the patient is there , we do not code the condition that originally existed as it is no longer an acute condition or it does not exist. The ear infection however is a bit different. Infections in general, including pneumonia, and UTI, and the otitis media, are conditions that are presumed still present as the reason for the encounter so we would code just the infection code. However if the physician has on a previous encounter cleared the patient but wants them to return for one more check, a true followup, then we use only the V67 code for followup following completed medications.
    Debra Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Loma Linda,CA


    In our office our doctors write resolved or resolving when they come in for the follow ups.We code only the V67 when they write resolved, however if they write resolving, to us that indicates the infection is still there, so we do the v67 as primary and secondary the infection.

  4. #4


    In this instance, I would give the V67 for the followup and then add a 2nd Dx of V12.49 because the patient no longer has the ear infection.

Similar Threads

  1. Vcodes and reimbursment
    By crz4art in forum Billing/Reimbursement
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 03-13-2013, 08:32 AM
  2. Allowed first-listed Vcodes
    By plainjane in forum Diagnosis Coding
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 01-04-2013, 02:47 PM
  3. Follow up
    By galvanb in forum Interventional Radiology
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 06-22-2012, 12:42 PM
  4. Vcodes on the ordering requisition for Labs
    By davisph in forum Pathology & Clinical Laboratory
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 03-09-2012, 03:00 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts

Enjoying Our Forums?

AAPC forums are a benefit of membership. Joining AAPC grants you unlimited access, allowing you to post questions and participate with our community of over 150,000 professionals.

Join Now Continue Reading Without Full Access

Already a Member?


Close Message

In addition to full participation on AAPC forums, as a member you will be able to:

  • Access to the largest healthcare job database in the world.
  • Join over 150,000 members of the healthcare network in the world.
  • Be a part of an industry leading organization that drives the business side of healthcare.
  • Save anywhere from 10%-50% with exclusive member discounts on courses, books, study materials, and conferences.
  • Access to discounts at hundreds of restaurants, travel destinations, retail stores, and service providers. AAPC members also have opportunities to save on heath, life, and liability insurance.
  • Become a member of a local chapter and attend regular meetings.