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Needle/Instrument Count Post-op

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    Default Needle/Instrument Count Post-op
    Medical Coding Books
    What code would you use for post-operative needle/instrument count, if no foreign object found? The post-op count was off and they performed an x-ray to rule out a needle...
    I am thinking V71.89.
    Any input is appreciated.
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    wouldn't you use 998.4 since this is the reason for doing the procedure? Whether they found a needle or not wouldn't change the diagnosis is my thinking. I could be wrong. I would love to know everyone else's take on this.

  3. Default Incorrect instrument count vs. FB
    WAS THE ORDERING DX "FB LEFT DURING PROCEDURE" OR "Incorrect instrument count". I AM CURRENTLY WORKING ON A ABD XRAY ORDERED FOR Incorrect instrument count- AND AM LOOKING FOR A DX- BUT I DO NOT THINK 998.4 IS APPROPRIATE SINCE IT WAS NEVER SAID THAT PT HAD FB. ANY ONE HAVE ANY OTHER IDEAS?

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