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Thread: V code as primary dianogsis code

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    Nashville, Tennessee

    Default V code as primary dianogsis code

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    I know that I have read this before please correct me if wrong.
    A patient comes in for office visit (ophthalmology) had cataract surgery
    previous year one eye. The physician diagnosis is V45.61 and 366.02 as the secondary. I do not believe that you can have a primary diagnosis as a V code is this true shouldn't it be a secondary.

    Thanks TJ

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    Apr 2007


    You are correct that V45.61 Cataract extraction status can not be used as a primary diagnosis. It is only to be used as a secondary diagnosis. The box next to the code that says SDx indicates that. There are some V codes that you can only use as primary diagnosis. They are indicated with a box next to them that states PDx. Any other V code can be used as a primary diagnosis.
    Christina Lee Wagner, CPC, CPC-H

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