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Diagnosis Coding for Screening Test

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 a disease.

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 is used to explain the test reasoning.

Should a condition be discovered during the screening then the code for the condition may be assigned as an additional diagnosis.

Last Updated June 2015