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Ob-Gyn Coding Alert

You Be the Coder:
Diagnostic vs. Screening Depends on Order, Not Implant

Question: My ob-gyn sees a patient who has breast implants or breast augmentation and orders a mammogram. Should I count the mammography as a screening or a diagnostic test? Louisiana Subscriber Answer: Implants and augmentation don’t equate to a diagnostic mammogram every time. The ordering physician decides whether the patient requires a diagnostic mammogram. Diagnostic: To be a diagnostic mammogram (such [...]