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v76.51 vs v12.72

Trish Posted Tue 26th of June, 2012 14:15:47 PM

I have read the recent posting regarding screening versus diagnostic but we still have a question that a patient is arguing. They had the colonoscopy in 2007 and did have polyps. He returned in 2012 for another colonoscopy but had NO signs or symptoms related to the GI tract (i.e., abdominal pain, blood in stool, chronic diarrhea, change in bowel habits, weight loss or blood loss anemia). On the 2012 colonoscopy, no polyps were found. Would the primary code be v76.51 with the v12.72 as secondary code, or would it just be v12.72 as primary?

SuperCoder Answered Tue 26th of June, 2012 21:50:38 PM

V12.72 would be primary and V76.51 secondary in this case, if the patient has been there for screening colonoscopy.

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