Misty Posted Mon 21st of November, 2016 10:56:22 AM
My question: My OBGYN provider is testing a patient's testosterone to rule out a 'testosterone producing tumor'. What would be the closest diagnosis I could use for this. I know there are no rule out codes. Is there a certain screening code I should use. Thanks for your help.
SuperCoder Answered Tue 22nd of November, 2016 00:39:29 AM
It is suggested to check the record for any specific symptoms (if mentioned) that led the OBGYN to perform testing for testosterone. As per guidelines, the testing of a person to rule out or confirm a suspected diagnosis for some sign or symptom is a diagnostic examination, not a screening. For these cases, the sign or symptom is used to explain the reason for the test. Screening is the testing for disease or disease cause in seemingly well individuals so that early detection and treatment can be provided. In this case, please check the details of the case before using the final code. Please let us know for any further clarity on same. Thank you.