Diabetic Foot infection coding - would anyone have any insight

aubwe2000

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Hi, would anyone have any insight on how to code a Diabetic Foot infection correctly. patient stepped on a tack, foot became infected with mention of abscess. No specifications were made to complications of diabetes (ie. foot ulcer, neuropathy). I coded the abscess first and uncomplicated diabetes second, is this correct when the diagnoses states diabetic foot infection?

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Aubre
 

mitchellde

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If the provider documented this as a diabetic foot infection then it is documented as a diabetic complication so a diabetes with complication code will be coded first.
 
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