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Gastroenterology Coding Alert

Reader Question:

Polish Your ‘Z’ Code Knowledge

Question: Our insurer is now rejecting claims if they see tertiary diagnoses mentioned in the progress note that we haven’t coded on our claims. This usually involves “Z” codes, which we haven’t paid much attention to in the past. We typically only use Z12.11 (Encounter for screening for malignant neoplasm of colon). Which other Z codes should we be using? [...]