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    Default Code for Echo-no

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    Referral dx: rhabdomyosarcoma vs. leukemia, eval for mass
    Reason for test: evaluate left ventricle function

    Patient has no abnormalities shown in the report to code.

    V81.2 was coded, but denied by insurance.

    What should I code? 171.9? Is V71.89 even appropriate? Something else?

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    Brandon, FL

    Default diagnosis code

    you could try V71.7 - and you code the signs/symptoms in addition
    Lynn Ring, CPC, CPC-I, CCS, CCS-P
    Moffitt Cancer Center
    Tampa, Florida
    AAPC Chapter Association Board of Directors
    Region 5 Southwest - TX, OK, MO, KS, LA, AR, MS

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    V71.7 is an invalid code for echocardiograms. If the patient is receiving chemo or radiation therapy you can use 990, V58.11 or V58.12. If these codes do not apply, you can bill symptom codes, SOB, chest discomfort, HTN etc. Most payers follow Medicare's LCD list #L28254 for billable dx.

    good luck,

    Dolores, CPC, CCC

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