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SuperCoder Posted Tue 06th of April, 2010 16:47:15 PM

71010 when this exam is done for pre-op and the exam comes back normal, how do you get paid for this? Medicare does not like the pre-op dx V72.83?

SuperCoder Answered Wed 07th of April, 2010 09:50:18 AM

No it is not true that Medicare shall deny a claim if used with Icd v72.83 as per medicare it states that "All claims for preoperative medical examination and preoperative diagnostic tests (i.e., preoperative medical evaluations) must be accompanied by the appropriate ICD-9 code for preoperative examination (e.g., V72.81 through V72.84). Additionally, the appropriate ICD-9 code for the condition(s) that prompted surgery must also be documented on the claim. Other diagnoses and conditions affecting the patient should also
be documented on the claim, if appropriate. The ICD-9 code that appears in the line item of a preoperative examination or diagnostic test must be the code for the appropriate preoperative examination (e.g., V72.81 through V72.84)."
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