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ICD9 guidelines and lab coding

  1. #11
    Medical Coding Books
    Quote Originally Posted by mitchellde View Post
    I am not sure what you saying. But if you are saying that if a strep test has a positive result then the coder can code strep that is incorrect. Only if a provider documents the result as positive strep can the coder then code that dx. A lab result is just that a result with no interpretation. A coder cannot code a dx that has not been rendered by the physician.
    I am saying use the indication for the test, not the dx.

  2. #12
    Columbia, MO
    Then I agree with you!

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

  3. Question lab guidelines
    Hi I am hoping to get information on the coding guidelines for Lab only orders.
    I work at t hospital and the Dr's send patients to the hospital to run labs as part of their physical exam. The problem I have is that they put V70.0 general health exam on their orders. Is it wrong to change this code to a V72.62 Labs being run as part of a physical exam?

    I have been searching for documentation to support Lab coding guidelines. Can you provide me with a link?

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