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  1. #1
    Frederick, MD
    Default Quick question
    Medical Coding Books
    We sometimes have specimens that are insufficient. We used to use V72.6 for the dx. This year there's a 5th code. Any better codes that you can think of?

    Thank you.
    Always Seeking

  2. #2
    Portland, Oregon
    Default v72.6

    Do you mean that 2010 of ICD-9CM Diagnosis code V72.6. There are 5 ICD-9-CM codes below V72.6 that define this diagnosis in greater detail. (Do not use this code on a reimbursement claim)?
    - V72.60
    Laboratory examination, unspecified
    - V72.61
    Antibody response examination
    - V72.62
    Laboratory examination ordered as part of a routine general medical examination
    - V72.63
    Pre-procedural laboratory examination
    - V72.69
    Other laboratory examination

    Good luck

    Jeslyn CPC-A

  3. #3
    Frederick, MD
    Yes those are the 5th digits I meant. But I'm looking for a better insufficient specimen code altogether.
    Always Seeking

  4. #4
    Default DebJ
    This may be a little late. Haven't checked the posting in a while. Take a look at dx 795.08(cervical smear) or 795.18(vaginal smear). I'm "assuming" you are referring to cytology specimens.

  5. #5
    If we are not talking about cytology smears, I don't think you should be billing at all for "tissue insufficient for diagnosis." No diagnosis = no patholigcal service rendered. Nothing to code.

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