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linking codes

arizona1

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is the "+" sign acceptable per CMS to link codes; i.e. DMII + Neuropathy + Nephropathy

Thank you
 

OCD_coder

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Dx linking

Linking codes mean you choose which Dx goes with the specific CPT code it applies to. For example chest pain (786.50) would be linked to a 93000 or 93010 to support the medical necessity of the EKG. If 786.50 is the 1st diagnosis you would put a 1 in the Colomn E of the CMS 1500 form after the CPT code for your EKG. That is linking your diagnosis.

A + would get nothing except stopped at the claim edit point for "missing information" possilby.

Hope this helps.
 

mitchellde

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If you mean can these be considered complications of the DM then I say no... a + is insufficient for the physician to link the neuropathy and nehropath as being causal to the DMII
 
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