Results 1 to 2 of 2

V code as primary dianogsis code

  1. #1
    Nashville, Tennessee
    Default V code as primary dianogsis code
    Medical Coding Books
    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

  2. #2
    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

Similar Threads

  1. Code the scenario: Capture the primary diagnosis code only
    By Ally718 in forum Diagnosis Coding
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 09-22-2015, 08:41 AM
  2. History Of code versus primary code
    By in forum Diagnosis Coding
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 03-03-2015, 11:40 PM
  3. which V code should be primary?
    By larmendarez in forum Gastroenterology
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 10-09-2013, 12:39 PM
  4. V- Code as Primary
    By Imelda24 in forum Medicare Regulations
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 08-23-2012, 10:18 AM
  5. primary code
    By julia9723 in forum Diagnosis Coding
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 09-27-2011, 08:45 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
Enjoying Our Forums?

AAPC forums are a benefit of membership. Joining AAPC grants you unlimited access, allowing you to post questions and participate with our community of over 150,000 professionals.

Join Now Continue Reading Without Full Access

Already a Member?


Close Message

In addition to full participation on AAPC forums, as a member you will be able to:

  • Access to the largest healthcare job database in the world.
  • Join over 150,000 members of the healthcare network in the world.
  • Be a part of an industry leading organization that drives the business side of healthcare.
  • Save anywhere from 10%-50% with exclusive member discounts on courses, books, study materials, and conferences.
  • Access to discounts at hundreds of restaurants, travel destinations, retail stores, and service providers. AAPC members also have opportunities to save on heath, life, and liability insurance.
  • Become a member of a local chapter and attend regular meetings.