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DX Coding for prostate cancer

mitchellde

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The mets to the bone is 198.5 and the prostate is 185, you will list first the one that is being treated at this encounter.
 

RLIEN1968

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The mets to the bone is 198.5 and the prostate is 185, you will list first the one that is being treated at this encounter.
Hi Debra,

Working as a radiology coder we sometimes do not know which CA is specifically being treated. Is it documented somewhere what we are supposed to use as a default? I use the primary 1st and mets 2nd (or whatever the client instructs me to use), but I sure would like to see this in writing because over the years I've been told 2 different things. In reading ICD9 guidelines to me should be the primary if treatment is unknown.

Opinions?

Thank you.
 
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