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Diagnosis Coding Help

  1. #1
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    Patient was seen in office to look at their umbiliical incision; patient previously had an umbilicial hernia repair, along with appendectomy done... the incision site revealed no infection and doctor wants a to code it as "healing incision" ... any suggestions for dx code?

  2. #2
    Columbia, MO
    It is a followup coded with a V67.xx code.

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

  3. #3
    Milwaukee WI
    Default It depends
    I agree with Debra ... IF ... the patient is in the global post-operative period for a procedure performed by THIS physician. (And the CPT code you'd use in this case is 99024 which carries a $0.00 fee.)

    Hope that helps.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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    The physician did not perform the surgery, does that affect the code then?
    Last edited by kcaskey03; 02-10-2012 at 10:30 AM.

  5. #5
    Columbia, MO
    Not really. Why is the patient here to see your physician rather than the one that did the surgery? If they are there for a followup encounter you have to use a V code for follow up. There is no code for healing nicely.
    Last edited by mitchellde; 02-11-2012 at 08:41 AM.

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

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