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ICD-9 code for screening

  1. #1
    Default ICD-9 code for screening
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    If a patient has a suspicious digital rectal exam and the provider wants to do a screening would it not be correct to bill the screening procedure with V76.44 special screening for malignant neoplasm for prostate or V76.41 special screening for malignant neoplasm for rectum? Thanks

  2. #2
    Columbia, MO
    If the patient has an abnormal(suspicious) exam then the subsequent procedure is not a screening but a diagnostic and you would use an abnormal dx as the code.

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

  3. #3
    Thank You but if you don't know what the problem is how would you know what abnormal code to use? I am sorry if I sound confused but I am.

  4. #4
    Columbia, MO
    What does the physician state after completion of the DRE?

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

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