The current national coverage determination (NCD) for Prothrombin Time (PT) includes ICD-9-CM code V72.84, pre-operative examination, unspecified, in the list of covered diagnoses. We have received a request to add the other codes in the V72 series, specifically V72.81 pre-operative cardiovascular examination, V72.82, pre-operative respiratory examination, and V72.83, other specified pre-operative examination. The rationale for the request is that if V72.84 is covered, these other pre-operative codes should be covered as well. Consequently, we believe it is appropriate to consider the entire series of pre-operative codes as a unit. Thus, we will be examining codes V72.84 and V72.85 as well. Because the same issues pertain to the NCD for Partial Thromboplastin Time (PTT), we will also review the V72 series for PTT.