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Old 03-03-2009, 12:58 PM
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I would code the chief complaint, then the MD findings. Any one else?
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Old 03-03-2009, 01:17 PM
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If the COPD is determined to be the reason for the shortness of breath, I would code the COPD as the principal. If you need an "admitting" diagnosis" on your ED case, then use the shortness of breath. My experience been that only Inpatient cases require an admitting diagnosis.
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Old 03-03-2009, 01:21 PM
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In reviewing your question........as for the hospital admission, your admitting/ principal dx would be the COPD.
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