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    Default V-codes for CXR's and medicare

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    We are getting claims denied from medicare when a patient comes is for "pre-op" chest-xray. We have used I believe (V72.84 pre-op exam unsp) as well as (eg:715.96 for osteoarthrosis knee) if they are having knee replacement. Any ideas how we would code a pre-op chest xray to get paid from medicare???.... Also getting denied for chest xray for patients getting it done for their physicals. Thanks

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    Pre-op chest x-rays are routine. Medicare does not cover routine services.

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    Default pre-op chest x-ray

    pt comes in for pre-op chest x-ray to rule out respiratory disease. no respiratory disease found but cardiomegaly was. how do you code

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    N. Patients receiving preoperative evaluations only
    For patients receiving preoperative evaluations only, sequence first a code from category V72.8, Other specified examinations, to describe the pre-op consultations. Assign a code for the condition to describe the reason for the surgery as an additional diagnosis. Code also any findings related to the pre-op evaluation.
    as per ICD guidelines
    Sreenivas Sajja-CPC,CCS

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