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Iron deficiency anemia

Mary Posted Tue 29th of July, 2014 08:21:10 AM

Can one use the diagnosis of iron deficiency anemia for a colonoscopy? the patient had a colon in 2010 which was normal with a repeat suggested by another physician in 5-10 years. The patient was referred by an Oncology group due to low iron studies. Thanks for your input.

SuperCoder Answered Tue 29th of July, 2014 08:55:38 AM

Thanks for your question. Yes you can use iron deficiency anemia for a colonoscopy if the provider has determined that the patient has this diagnosis. You will choose a code from 280.0-280.9 If the provider does not diagnose the iron deficiency anemia, a better choice would be 790.6; Other abnormal blood chemistry

Abnormal blood levels of:
Excludes: abnormality of electrolyte or acid-base balance (276.0-276.9)
hypoglycemia NOS (251.2)
lead poisoning (984.0-984.9)
specific finding indicating abnormality of:
amino-acid transport and metabolism (270.0-270.9)
carbohydrate transport and metabolism (271.0-271.9)
lipid metabolism (272.0-272.9)
uremia NOS (586)
Excludes: abnormality of:
platelets (287.0-287.9)
thrombocytes (287.0-287.9)
white blood cells (288.00-288.9)

Query your provider before coding to get a definitive diagnosis as 790.6 may not be a covered diagnosis for some insurance companies. Hope this helps!

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