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Diagnosis Coding for Screening Test

A screening is a test done for well individuals in order to provide early detection and treatment of disease. Should a condition be discovered during the screening, the code for the condition may be used as the diagnosis on the claim.

The testing of a person to rule out or confirm a suspected diagnosis because the patient has some sign or symptom is a diagnostic examination, not a screening. In these cases, the sign or symptom should be used as the diagnosis on the claim.

Last Updated January 2010