Coding Tip: Diagnosis Coding When Presenting for Colonoscopy-Screening vs. Follow-up vs. Finding

Coding colonoscopy records has always been a challenge when it comes to reporting the primary diagnosis for the account. All colonoscopy procedures are performed to look for potential malignancy and some coders think that all of these should be coded as screenings, code Z12.11. The coding advice for reporting screening vs. follow-up did not change with the implementation of ICD-10-CM.

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