tci Outpatient Facility Coding Alert - 2014 Issue 10

You Be the Coder: Know How to Couple Anemia and Colonoscopy

Question: Can I use the diagnosis of iron deficiency anemia for a colonoscopy? The patient had a normal colon in 2010 with a repeat suggested by another physician in 5-10 years. The patient was referred by an oncology group due to low iron studies. Texas Subscriber Answer: Yes. You can use iron deficiency anemia for a colonoscopy if the provider has determined that the patient has this diagnosis. You will choose a code from the group 280.x (Diseases of the blood and blood-forming organs; Iron deficiency anemias) with a fourth digit (0-9) expansion to specify the origin of...

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