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Use V Codes to Report Follow-Up Visits

Posted on 06. Apr, 2011 by in Coding Challenge, Hot Coding Topics

Question: If a patient receives treatment and the condition was resolved, which ICD-9 code should I report if the patient returns in six months for a follow-up visit?

Answer: The most accurate way to code visits to follow up on treatment for a previous condition is to report a V code as the primary diagnosis, with the condition that the optometrist is following up on as the secondary diagnosis.

You can find the follow-up V codes in the V67.x series in the ICD-9 manual. Although none specifically mention eye treatments, these are some examples of V codes that might be applicable:

  • V67.00 — Follow-up examination; following surgery, unspecified
  • V67.59 — … following other treatment; other
  • V67.6 — … following combined treatment
  • V67.9 — … unspecified follow-up examination.

However, some payers won’t accept a V code as a primary diagnosis to support payment. Some experts advise reporting the...

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