AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-9 - 2000 First Quarter

Outpatient Laboratory, Pathology and Radiology Coding

The Central Office on ICD-9-CM has received numerous questions regarding the correct coding of outpatient laboratory, pathology, and radiology encounters. This advice applies to services provided in hospital-based as well as stand-alone facilities. The following questions and answers are intended to assist the coder and staff who perform the coding function to help clarify these issues. Where feasible, previously published advice has been incorporated. Laboratory-billing Radiologist's diagnosis Coding without physician interpretation Referring physician vs. pathologist authentication Diagnosis vs. signs and symptons Incidental findings Confirming anemia ...

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