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V15.1 and V45.81

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    Could someone explain the difference in these two codes for me. We have had numerous discussions about this in our office and are unsure, when a patient is status post CABG, which code we should use. Sound very much the same to me. Thanks.

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    Personally, I think V45.81 is more specific, I use it whenever a patient has had a previous cabg procedure.

    I think V15.1 is too vague.

    Lisi, CPC

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    I agree, V45.81 is specific for S/P CABG whereas V15.1 would include procedures such as pericardial window, ablation, tumor removal and defect repairs.

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