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Screening to Diagnostic Colonoscopy

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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.

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    I would wait for the path report and code it from there. I don't know of a link to prove this to you.
    Karen Barron, CPC
    Hampton New Hampshire Chapter

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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.

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

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    Correct

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