For Pro fee coding it is ideal to code to the most definitive diagnosis. In other words, if the patient has rectal bleeding as the sign/symptom, but upon completion of the scope found to have bleeding diverticuli, that should be the code reported.
The situation gets a little strange if the findings of the exam do not explain the sign or symptom. Typically I'm inclined to code solid findings, followed by any unexplained symptom codes. However, I'm sure there's a payer out there who just does not agree with that order.
Perhaps someone with access to denials or experience in billing can offer more...
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