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  1. #1
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    Default Diagnosis codes for colnoscopies

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    Good Evening,
    I have a quick question regarding which diagnosis we should be linking to. I code for the anesthesia for colonoscopies. If a patient comes in for a screening and in the process of the colonoscopy they find diverticulosis and do a biopsy would I use V76.51 then 56210 and link to 562.10 because they did a biopsy? I am a little confused in these instances.

    Also if they come in for a screening and find diverticulosis and hemorrhoids, but they do not do anything during the colonoscopy such as a biopsy would the procedure still be linked to the screening?

    Thanks in advance. If anyone has any information that I could use on this it would be greatly appreciated.
    Missy Heuer CPC, CANPC

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Columbia, MO


    you link to both the screening and the finding and use the PT or 33 modifier on the conoloscopy code. The modifier will depend on the payer.

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

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    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Columbus GA


    Anytime it's ordered as a screening the V76.51 will always be first even if they have other findings. Hope this helps!

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