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Coding BMI without associated DX

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    can we code BMI as primary code

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    No, BMI can never be the first listed code. The primary diagnosis is the reason the patient is coming in for treatment. They're not coming in for treatment of their BMI. They're coming in for treatment of an associated condition. If the BMI is clinically relevant to the encounter, it should be used as an additional diagnosis.
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    Cool BMI with Risk Adjustment Coding
    Quote Originally Posted by kdlberg View Post
    No, BMI can never be the first listed code. The primary diagnosis is the reason the patient is coming in for treatment. They're not coming in for treatment of their BMI. They're coming in for treatment of an associated condition. If the BMI is clinically relevant to the encounter, it should be used as an additional diagnosis.
    Hi There
    BMI dx code should never be first dx code. Also it is associated with RA coding however the physician needs to list a obesity or related dx code needing the BMI listed in record. Cardiac or muscle problems or DM . ..or disease which heavy weight is a no no or need to be monitored,but he or she shld mention patient 's weight monitored. Also when coding BMI dx use 2 dx codes Z68 and E66 blocks according to documentation listed which equals calculated the percentage of adipose on patient's bod ,Etc. on record.

    I know some hospitals involved in meaningful use requirements and they want the BMI listed if on the patient's record(a special code put on Medicare claim) but that depends on protocol of your hospital guide from the QA and medical records department.

    I hope this info helps

    Lady T.

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