screening icd 10 code for colonoscopy

by Zachariah Witting 8 min read

A screening colonoscopy should be reported with the following International Classification of Diseases, 10th edition (ICD-10) codes: Z12. 11: Encounter for screening for malignant neoplasm of the colon.May 1, 2016

How do you code a screening colonoscopy?

  • Z12. 11: Encounter for screening for malignant neoplasm of the colon.
  • Z80. 0: Family history of malignant neoplasm of digestive organs.
  • Z86. 010: Personal history of colonic polyps.

How to code screening and diagnostic colonoscopy?

  • G0121 – Colorectal cancer screening; colonoscopy on individual not meeting criteria for high risk
  • G0105 – Colorectal cancer screening; colonoscopy on individual at high risk
  • G0104 – Colorectal cancer screening; flexible sigmoidoscopy

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What is the diagnosis code for screening colonoscopy?

To report screening colonoscopy on a patient not considered high risk for colorectal cancer, use HCPCS code G0121 and diagnosis code Z12.11 ( encounter for screening for malignant neoplasm of the colon ).

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How do I code a Medicare screening colonoscopy?

G0121 – Colorectal cancer screening; colonoscopy on individual not meeting criteria for high risk.G0105 – Colorectal cancer screening; colonoscopy on individual at high risk.G0104 – Colorectal cancer screening; flexible sigmoidoscopy.

Can Z12 11 be a principal diagnosis?

If the patient presents for a screening colonoscopy and a polyp or any other lesion/diagnosis is found, the primary diagnosis is still going to be Z12. 11, Encounter for screening for malignant neoplasm of colon. The coder should also report the polyp or findings as additional diagnosis codes.

Do you use Z12 11 on surveillance colonoscopy?

There are 2 different sets of screening colonoscopy codes: There are payors that accept the Z12. 11 (encounter for screening for malignant neoplasm of colon) in the first coding position, while other payors either require this diagnosis in a subsequent position behind family history codes or prefer to see the Z12.

What is a Z12 11?

ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Codes. Z12.11 - Encounter for screening for malignant neoplasm of colon.

What is considered a screening colonoscopy?

A “screening” colonoscopy is a colonoscopy that is done for the prevention of colorectal cancer and is considered a preventive health service. A screening colonoscopy will have no out-of-pocket costs for patients (such as co-pays or deductibles).

What does code Z12 31 mean?

For example, Z12. 31 (Encounter for screening mammogram for malignant neoplasm of breast) is the correct code to use when you are ordering a routine mammogram for a patient. However, coders are coming across many routine mammogram orders that use Z12.

Is a surveillance colonoscopy the same as a screening colonoscopy?

Medicare and most insurance carriers will pay for screening colonoscopies once every 10 years. Surveillance colonoscopies are performed on patients who have a prior personal history of colon polyps or colon cancer. Medicare will pay for these exams once every 24 months.

Is a follow up colonoscopy a screening?

For example, colonoscopy can be used as a follow-up for a patient with abnormalities identified during a previous colorectal cancer screening. In this situation, the primary purpose of the follow-up colonoscopy is not screening for colorectal cancer.

What does Z12 12 mean?

Z12. 12 Encounter for screening for malignant neoplasm of rectum - ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Codes.

What is code Z12 39?

ICD-10 code Z12. 39 for Encounter for other screening for malignant neoplasm of breast is a medical classification as listed by WHO under the range - Factors influencing health status and contact with health services .

What is the CPT code for colonoscopy?

Group 1CodeDescription45378COLONOSCOPY, FLEXIBLE; DIAGNOSTIC, INCLUDING COLLECTION OF SPECIMEN(S) BY BRUSHING OR WASHING, WHEN PERFORMED (SEPARATE PROCEDURE)45379COLONOSCOPY, FLEXIBLE; WITH REMOVAL OF FOREIGN BODY(S)45380COLONOSCOPY, FLEXIBLE; WITH BIOPSY, SINGLE OR MULTIPLE22 more rows

What is an encounter for screening for malignant neoplasm of breast?

31, Encounter for screening mammogram for malignant neoplasm of breast, is the primary diagnosis code assigned for a screening mammogram. If the mammogram is diagnostic, the ICD-10-CM code assigned is the reason the diagnostic mammogram was performed.

What is Encounter for screening for malignant neoplasm of cervix?

ICD-10 Code for Encounter for screening for malignant neoplasm of cervix- Z12. 4- Codify by AAPC.

What is Encounter for screening for malignant neoplasm of prostate?

ICD-10 Code for Encounter for screening for malignant neoplasm of prostate- Z12. 5- Codify by AAPC.

What's the ICD-10-CM code for family history of colonic polyps?

ICD-10 code Z83. 71 for Family history of colonic polyps is a medical classification as listed by WHO under the range - Factors influencing health status and contact with health services .

What is screening for asymptomatic disease?

Screening is the testing for disease or disease precursors in asymptomatic individuals so that early detection and treatment can be provided for those who test positive for the disease. Type 1 Excludes. encounter for diagnostic examination-code to sign or symptom. Use Additional.

When will the ICD-10 Z12.11 be released?

The 2022 edition of ICD-10-CM Z12.11 became effective on October 1, 2021.

What word is used for colonoscopy screening?

In this case, since the word SURVEILLANCE colonoscopy is documented, I would recommend coding this as a screening (Z12.11), followed by any findings, as well as the personal history of colonic polyps (Z86.010) – sequenced in that order.

What is the code for colon polyp removal?

Remember that once the polyp is removed the patient follow up visits should not be code with K63.5, polyp of colon. Then, use code Z86.010, personal history of colonic polyps.

Why do you need a screening code?

A screening code may be a first-listed code if the reason for the visit is specifically the screening exam. It may also be used as an additional code if the screening is done during an office visit for other health problems. A screening code is not necessary if the screening is inherent to a routine examination, such as a pap smear done during a routine pelvic examination.

What is a screening mammogram?

A screening mammogram is an example of such a test. If a screening examination identifies pathology, the code for the reason the test (namely, the screening code from categories Z11-Z13) is assigned as the principle diagnosis or first-listed code, followed by a code for the pathology or condition found during the screening exam.”.

What is 21c screening?

I 21 c Screening is the testing for disease or disease precursors in seemingly well individuals so that early detection and treatment can be provided for those who test positive for the disease (e.g., screening mammogram).

What is the purpose of a test to rule out a suspected diagnosis?

In these cases, the sign or symptom is used to explain the reason for the test.

Is a screening code necessary for pelvic exam?

A screening code is not necessary if the screening is inherent to a routine examination, such as a pap smear done during a routine pelvic examination. Should a condition be discovered during the screening then the code for the condition may be assigned as an additional diagnosis.

How often does Medicare require colonoscopy?

Medicare beneficiaries without high-risk factors are eligible for a screening colonoscopy every ten years. Beneficiaries at higher risk for developing colorectal cancer are eligible for screening once every 24 months. Medicare considers an individual who is at high risk of developing colorectal cancer as one who has one or more of the following:

How effective is colonoscopy?

According to a study by the American Cancer Society, 90% colorectal cancer (CRC) cases are detected in individuals with over 50 years in the U.S and colonoscopy is the most effective and the most commonly adopted procedure for the diagnosis and screening of CRC in older adults.

Why do you need a colonoscopy?

A Screening colonoscopy is performed on person without symptoms in order to test for the presence of colorectal cancer or colorectal polyps. Even if a polyp or cancer is found during a screening exam, it does not change the screening intent.

What is the HCPCS code for colonoscopy?

For Medicare beneficiaries, screening colonoscopy is reported using the following HCPCS codes: - G0105 (Colorectal cancer screening; colonoscopy on individual at high risk), for a Medicare beneficiary at high risk for colorectal cancer, and the appropriate diagnosis code that necessitates the more frequent screening.

What is the ICD-10 code for colonoscopy without biopsy?

Point to note: Code 45378 is the base code for a colonoscopy without biopsy or other interventions. It includes brushings or washings if performed. Report 45378 with ICD-10 code Z86.010 on the first line of the CMS 1500 form.

What is colonoscopy examination?

CPT defines a colonoscopy examination as "the examination of the entire colon, from the rectum to the cecum or colon-small intestine anastomosis, and may include an examination of the terminal ileum or small intestine proximal to an anastomosis" as well.

When should modifier 33 be appended?

33 - Modifier 33 modifier should be appended for preventive services when the primary purpose of the service is the delivery of an evidence-based service.

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How often does Medicare cover colonoscopy?

Screening colonoscopy: once every 24 months (unless a screening flexible sigmoidoscopy has been performed and then Medicare may cover a screening colonoscopy only after at least 47 months) Screening barium enema (when used instead of a flexible sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy): once every 24 months.

How often does Medicare cover a flexible sigmoidoscopy?

Screening flexible sigmoidoscopy: once every 48 months (unless the beneficiary does not meet the criteria for high risk of developing colorectal cancer and the beneficiary has had a screening colonoscopy within the preceding 10 years, in which case Medicare may cover a screening flexible sigmoidoscopy only after at least 119 months have passed following the month that the beneficiary received the screening colonoscopy)

Does Medicare cover barium enemas?

For screening colonoscopies, fecal occult blood tests (FOBTs), flexible sigmoidoscopies, and barium enemas, coverage applies to all Medicare patients who fall into at least one of the following categories:

Is 00812 deductible or coinsurance?

The deductible and coinsurance will be waived for new CPT code 00812 Anesthesia for lower intestinal endoscopic procedures, endoscope introduced distal to duodenum; screening colonoscopy beginning Jan. 1, 2018, and for claims with new CPT code 00811 Anesthesia for lower intestinal endoscopic procedures, endoscope introduced distal to duodenum; not otherwise specified the deductible will be waived when submitted with modifier PT.

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Question 1 | Sequencing

  • Q:If a test is scheduled as a screening (colonoscopy) and a polyp is found, how should these be sequenced? For example: 1. Z12.11 encounter for screening for malignant neoplasm of colon 2. K63.5 polyp of colon A:The screening code (Z12.11) would go first followed by any findings. Citation: ICD-10-CM/PCS Coding Clinic, First Quarter ICD-10 2017 Page...
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Question 2 | Surveillance Colonoscopy

  • Q:What if it is a surveillance colonoscopy, four years later. Then, what diagnosis coding is used? Can I still use Z12.11 on the claim form, or only Z86.010 personal history of colonic polyps? If I can use both, is there a rule about sequencing? A:Words that physicians may use for screening colonoscopies include screening, surveillance, preventive, high risk screening, average risk scree…
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Question 3 | Family History

  • Q: And what about a patient with a family history of colon cancer? A: Of note, if there is only a diagnosis of FAMILY history of colon cancer and nothing else is documented, these are coded as a screening (even if the physician doesn’t document screening). This is based on a Coding Clinic, 1999, 1st qtr. page 4. Here is the citation from the ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS Coding Handboo…
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