pneumonia

NJcoder

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Hi- an inpatient patient had surgery...then 3 days later developed pneumonia...dr. did not write "postop pneumonia" so is it correct to just code 486? As of now, i did not query md. THANKS
 

mstenochs

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I would request clarification from the physician. If it were me I would find out if it was HAP (hospital aquired pneumonia), postop or acute.
 
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