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In Search of the “V” Codes (ICD-9-CM)

In Search of the “V” Codes (ICD-9-CM)

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Nancy Maguire
ICD-9-CM “V” codes (supplementary classification of factors influencing health status and contact with health services) identify circumstances for patient visits that are for reasons other than a disease or injury and are also used to report problems or factors that may influence present or future care. Appropriate V code assignment is extremely important in terms of capturing the medical necessity and reason for the encounter. The V code chapter is a supplemental classification of ICD-9-CM and includes categories V01-V91. V codes can be used in any healthcare setting, and they can be the principal diagnosis (first-listed) code or a secondary code listing. There are four circumstances to consider for assigning a V code: