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Follow up visit dx code

dlgordon

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If a patient presents for mastitis, and returns for follow up and the mastitis is resolved, would you still use the mastitis dx code for the follow up visit?
 

scroney

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i would code the mastitis as the primary code even if it is resolved. the documentation will say that the visit is for a followup for mastitis that is resolved.
 

dmaec

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and what do they say, when 3 coders agree? :) I'd code the mastitis as also, it's "why" they're coming back - thank goodness it's resolved! We do the same for such things as otitis, when they're coming back in for follow-up and it's usually resolved by that time also!
Donna
 
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