Coding blood in stool with GI Bleed

lphillips

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Provider diagnoses, GI bleed and blood in stool.

Would you code both 578.9 and 578.1? Or just 578.9 because 578.1 is a symptom of?

I believe the 578.1 helps to give a better description of the issue. Blood in stool is visible, where as say, 792.1 occult blood is not visible and is found during testing.

I haven't found anything that said you can't code them together but then again I have found a lot that states blood in stool is a sign/symptom of the GI bleed.

Any thoughts? Feel I should know this but walked myself in a circle! :eek:
 
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