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DX FOR BONE DENSITY (DEXA)

Colleen Posted Wed 29th of June, 2011 15:28:05 PM

Claim billed to Medicare for a bone density (DEXA) with dx code V58.69, hx of longterm (current) use of other medications. Medicare denied the claim for dx. After contacting Medicare they stated I needed a primary dx to go with this code such as osteopenia or osteoporosis. If the doctor suspected osteopenia and it was confirmed with the bone density can I use osteopenia as the primary dx?

SuperCoder Answered Wed 29th of June, 2011 21:14:28 PM

Sure, you can code 733.90 here for osteopenia.

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