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How do you now when to use code for "dependence" vs code for "use"

  1. Default How do you now when to use code for "dependence" vs code for "use"
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    In class we are trying to figure out when to use refinance vs use when it comes to coding for a cigarette smoker and neither is documented.
    "Patient smokes cigarettes" is the wording
    Book says F10. Code for dependence but why not just use Z72.0?

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    Columbia, MO
    When we question doctors at a cancer research facility, they stated that "patient smokes" is tobacco use,
    "Patient smokes 'X' packs per day" or "patient has a pack year habit of 'X' packs" is nicotine dependence.

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

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