Acute vs chronic pain

maudys

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If a patient has chronic neck and back pain, and the physician indicates that it is "exacerbated" on this encounter, can I assign acute pain?
 

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If a patient has chronic neck and back pain, and the physician indicates that it is "exacerbated" on this encounter, can I assign acute pain?
I wouldn't. Try to only code what is documented.
 

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An exacerbation of chronic pain wouldn't mean that the patient now has acute pain dx, only that the chronic pain issue is worse d/t the exacerbation. I would code this as chronic pain based on the info given in your post.

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I like this question and was hoping more eyes could look at it and respond?

My MD wrote Acute flare-up of Chronic Back Pain

Still chronic back pain only?
 
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