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    Question Hypertension Question

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    I see in a lot of records where the physician will list hypertension all over the record and then also they list for example pulmonary hypertension too. Or sometimes I see it like this:

    4)pulmonary htn

    Are you allowed to code the 401.9 code in addition to the pulmonary hypertension code (or any of the other more specific organ htn codes)? I can't find any coding clinics that say you can or cant.

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    If you look at the Essential Hypertension section (401) under Excludes it lists Pulmonary Hypertenstion so it doesn't say you can't use them together but I don't think you should.

    In my opinion, I would just go with the Pulmonary Hypertension (416.0) because its more specific than Essential Hypertension, unspecified (401.9)

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