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  1. #1
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    Utica New York

    Default Bowel Sounds as Exam bullet 97 guidelines

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    Does anyone use Bowel sounds as a bullet under Abdomen. Based on 97 guidlelines.
    Help is appreciated.
    Lisa M. Toth Brosey, CPC
    Faxton St. Lukes Healthcare
    Utica, NY

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    Apr 2007


    No, they don't count.

    Gastrointestinal C Examination of abdomen with notation of presence of masses or tenderness
    C Examination of liver and spleen
    C Examination for presence or absence of hernia
    C Examination (when indicated) of anus, perineum and rectum, including sphincter tone,
    presence of hemorrhoids, rectal masses
    C Obtain stool sample for occult blood test when indicated

    I still tell my doctors to note it but they are aware it will not count as bullet.
    Also be careful of "organomegaly" this doesn't count either.

    Laura, CPC

  3. #3
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    Apr 2007
    Chicopee, MA


    no, we use bowel sounds as a bullet under the 95 guidelines for the abdomen

    Under 97 it would be GI as the above poster said

    organs vs systems
    Tarringo T Vaughan BA, CPC
    Director of Pain Management
    Billing Services

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