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Coding "Screening" exams and final diagnosis question

Dr giuliano Posted Mon 27th of February, 2012 20:29:23 PM

In all coding classes we have ever attended, it has been told to us that although a patient is referred for symptom or a screening exam, the radiology coding guidelines state that we bill on findings rather than symptom or screening code when a final diagnosis is available. We cannot find these guidelines listed anywhere. Can you tell us where we can locate Outpatient Radiology Billing Guidelines?
Thank you!

SuperCoder Answered Mon 27th of February, 2012 20:44:49 PM

This is one good link to the Radiology Guidelines. Please refer to page 30 for the answer.

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