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    Default Coding after Chemo/radiation

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    It is my understanding if a patient has been treated with surgery for a malignancy, such as a mastectomy or prostate surgery, then has chemo or radiation and is placed on hormonal therapy such as Tamoxifen or Lupron, it is OK to use a V code.
    Looking at coding guidelines, the status of treatment to "a site" is not relevant with a systemic medication - am I correct in this understanding?
    At which point does the neoplasm code change to a V code?
    thanks
    Sharon

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharon Dooley View Post
    It is my understanding if a patient has been treated with surgery for a malignancy, such as a mastectomy or prostate surgery, then has chemo or radiation and is placed on hormonal therapy such as Tamoxifen or Lupron, it is OK to use a V code.
    Looking at coding guidelines, the status of treatment to "a site" is not relevant with a systemic medication - am I correct in this understanding?
    At which point does the neoplasm code change to a V code?
    thanks
    Sharon
    Answer:
    " a site" refers to benign as well as malignant neoplasms. One should know if there is further treatment like chemotherapy and or radiation. If there is , then V codes can be given.

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