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Gastroenterology Coding Alert

You Be the Coder:
Check Ordering Dx for Screening FOBT

Question: How do we know whether to report a screening or diagnostic code for a fecal occult blood test (FOBT)? SuperCoder subscriber Answer: Take note of the ordering diagnosis, and you’ll know whether to use a diagnostic or screening code for FOBT. If the physician reports Z12.11 (Encounter for screening for malignant neoplasm of colon) or Z12.12 (Encounter for screening [...]