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I would code the chief complaint

  1. #1
    Seacoast- Dover New Hampshire
    Default I would code the chief complaint
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    I would code the chief complaint, then the MD findings. Any one else?
    Karen Barron, CPC
    Hampton New Hampshire Chapter

  2. #2
    Albany, New York
    If the COPD is determined to be the reason for the shortness of breath, I would code the COPD as the principal. If you need an "admitting" diagnosis" on your ED case, then use the shortness of breath. My experience been that only Inpatient cases require an admitting diagnosis.
    Karen Maloney, CPC
    Data Quality Specialist

  3. #3
    Albany, New York
    In reviewing your for the hospital admission, your admitting/ principal dx would be the COPD.
    Karen Maloney, CPC
    Data Quality Specialist

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