Although it commonly rises when a person is over 50 age, it is reported many cases happening to younger individuals every year. They do not be included as high risk patients. Even unhealthy diet and lifestyle can promote the disease occurrence, making the ICD 10 Colon Cancer coding get more complicated.
Colon cancer can be found on the lower part of the digestive system. It is called rectal cancer if the location is in the last several inches of the colon. However, sometimes, doctors just refer them to colorectal cancer. at first, the condition is started with small, benign adenomatous polyps. Then they turn to be cancerous. They usually show no symptoms at all.
Therefore, immediate screening is required to detect the development of cancer cells, especially those carrying the high risk factors. Besides being used as preventive action, colon cancer screening is aimed to help people save their money on treatment costs through the screening colonoscopy for colon cancer code claiming.
If a patient has been positively diagnosed for having cancer colon, whether it is trough screening or diagnostic test, the health providers can use different codes to claim the reimbursement.
They can use ICD10 Colon Cancer, i.e. C18. Depending on its actual site, the codes may vary as follows:
• C18.0 – malignant neoplasm of cecum
• C18.1 – malignant neoplasm of appendix
• C18.2 – malignant neoplasm of ascending colon
• C18.3 – malignant neoplasm of hepatic flexure
• C18.4 – malignant neoplasm of transverse colon
• C18.5 – malignant neoplasm of splenic flexure
• C18.6 – malignant neoplasm of descending colon
• C18.7 – malignant neoplasm of sigmoid colon
• C18.8 – malignant neoplasm of overlapping sites of colon
• C18.9 – malignant neoplasm of colon, unspecified
Compared to ICD-9, ICD 10 Colon Cancer codes seem just having different listing order. It allows coders see the clearer reading from the cecum to sigmoid colon.
Besides careful reviewing on the pathology report to figure out the neoplasm part, they also need to determine if the cancer is benign, localized or malignant, before assigning the appropriate code for colon cancer.