I know it can be frustrating sometimes. I am in agreement with you. I would select V72.63. This code should be reported for all preop labs including clearance for a CT. I did alittle research to make sure though, and I found the following info. from an article.
"To allow for identification of a test ordered to pre-screen patients for potential health risks associated with a test, ICD-9 creates V72.63 (Pre-procedural laboratory examination), Jill M. Young, CPC, CEDC, CIMC, consultant with Young Medical Consulting LLC in East Lansing, Mich., and American Academy of Professional Coders Chapters Association Vice Chair explains. For example, the dye in CT scans can cause problems with the kidneys. Through a screening blood test, individuals who may be at risk from the dye can be identified before the test is performed. "
I hope this helps. I found the article at Supercoder.com. Maybe you could show it to your boss.
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