Question Bipolar disorder

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I have a question on coding for Bipolar disorder. I know that Bipolar and Major depression cannot be coded together. My question is in the specific documentation. The provider documented major depression, recurrent, severe. He also dumented Bipolar disorder but was not any more specific than that. Would this code as F31.9, Bipolar disorder, unspecified or Bipolar disorder, current episode depressed, severe without psychotic features?
 
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You're going to have to ask the provider. This is not something that you can determine from the limited info you have.
Thanks, I will try to query him. I did go back to the note and in the review of systems, he did note that the patient was depressed. When I go to the alphabetic index under Bipolar, the default code is for type 1 (F31.9) and current or most recent episode being depressed still has the same code assignment. As it stands, I believe this would be my best code choice.
 
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