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When to code prostate cancer versus history of?

Katie Posted Wed 22nd of July, 2015 10:32:10 AM

We had a question come up in our facility on when we should be coding prostate cancer as history of V code instead of 185. My understanding is that when the patient has been seen for prostate cancer had surgery and continues to come in for follow up care it is still coded as 185. Our onology coder is telling us now that we should be coding it as history because surgery has been done and the patient is no longer active cancer. Can you verify when we should be coding the V coder versus the cancer code. Thank you

SuperCoder Answered Thu 23rd of July, 2015 01:09:56 AM

Yes, your Oncology Coder is correct here. The prostate cancer is inactive now, patient had done the treatment for it and no he do not have prostate cancer. So you should use ICD-9 code V10.46 for personal history of malignant neoplasm of prostate.

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