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    Question V code as Pre-Op diagnosis

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    I code for a general surgeon who quite frequently gives a pre-op diagnosis of History of colon polyps for a colonoscopy. This code is V12.72, but in the ICD-9-CM manual, this code is highlighted as "unacceptable primary diagnosis". Any suggestions of how I can handle this?

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    In the ICD-9 Guidelines 2010 the code V12.72 is listed as it can be used as either a first listed or additional diagnosis. I use this code all the time as the first listed code and get paid.

    Hope this helps,
    Have a great weelend,


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    Apr 2007


    if screening for mailgnancy, also use the V76.51.

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    Default ksaxton

    Thanks, both of you for you help. I'll check both of these out!

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