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Oncology & Hematology Coding Alert

Reader Question:
Pay Attention to the 5th Character for Mammograms

Question: Recently, a patient came into the oncologist’s office for a mammogram to have a tumor in her breast looked at. I coded Z12.3 but it was rejected. What did I do wrong? Montana Subscriber Answer: For this circumstance the code you must use is Z12.31 (Encounter for screening mammogram for malignant neoplasm of breast). The addition of one number [...]