I respectfully disagree. I would code the V76.51 with the V16.0 as a secondary.
Screening colonoscopy: Medicare coverage for a screening colonoscopy is based on beneficairy risk. For beneficiaries 50 and older not considered to be at high risk for developing colorectal cancer, Medicare covers 1 screening colonoscopy every 10 years, but not within 47 months of a previous screening flexible sigmoidoscopy. For beneficiaries considered to be at high risk for developing colorectal cancer, Medicare covers 1 screening colonoscopy every 2 years, regardless of age. A screening colonoscopy must be performed by a doctor of medicine or osteopathy.
I found this info in a post on this website some time ago and it has proved to be very useful.
You can find more info on the following website for CMS. It is provided in the colorectal cancer screening chapter of the guide to preventative services found here:
I always use the V76.51 along with the V16.0 and it always gets paid by Medicare. And, the only time I don't use a G code is when there is a polyp removed or a biopsy doen, etc. Hope this helps. It's just another side of the coin, I guess.
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