Results 1 to 2 of 2

diverticulosis vs rectal bleeding

  1. #1
    Question diverticulosis vs rectal bleeding
    Exam Training Packages
    Patient presents with rectal bleeding, with documentation as follows:

    O: Rectal exam finds one largeexternal hemorrhoid without blood present. No anal fissures are appreciated. Rectal tone is normal. Very possibly has internal hemorrhoids but no pain on palpation. Rectal vault is empty of stool. No masses are appreciated. A very small amount of light brown stool is present and is heme-positive.
    A: Rectal bleeding, history of diverticulosis.
    P: Empiric treatment for diverticulosis with metronidazole 500 mg t.i.d. for 7 days and Septra DS b.i.d. for 7 days. We would like her to take Metamucil a half dose twice a day. Push fluids and increase fiber rich foods on her diet. Monitor temperature.

    Because the patient was treated empirically for the diverticulosis, would you code the encounter as rectal bleeding (569.3) and diverticulosis (562.10), or rectal bleeding (569.3) and history of digestive disorder (V12.79?)

  2. #2
    Rectal bleeding and Hx of digestive disorder.

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 2
    Last Post: 04-22-2016, 04:22 PM
  2. rectal bleeding in pregnancy
    By ggparker14 in forum OB/GYN
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 02-12-2014, 01:39 PM
  3. rectal bleeding in pregnancy
    By ggparker14 in forum Diagnosis Coding
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 01-11-2014, 03:17 PM
  4. Screening dx vs rectal bleeding
    By Colliemom in forum Gastroenterology
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 03-23-2012, 08:42 AM
  5. Rectal exam under anesthesia with control of bleeding
    By tanyaharberts in forum General Surgery
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 08-13-2009, 04:03 PM

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.