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    Is there a specified time frame in which the aftercare code, V58.x, would be used as oppossed to the follow up examination code, V67?

    Two examples; #1-Patient comes in 2 days postop myringotomy tube placement; What is the first listed dx, and do you still code the reason for the placement?
    #2-Patient comes in 2 yrs after the myringotomy tube placement, for routine check; no symtoms of the originating condition which necessitated the tubes

    How would these be coded?

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    Aftercare and followup have no time limitation. You would use aftercare if there was still some post op management going on like dressing changes. Followup is a surveilance of the patient . It sounds like both of your examples are followup and we never code the reason for the surgery once that problem has been taken care of.

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

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    ICD guidelines gives u all the info u need on this

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