The Inpatient Coding Guidelines are for use by the facility only. Physicians use the Outpatient guidelines, no matter what the place of service is.Therefore, the hospitalist or any other physician would NOT report any condition that is noted to be "probable", "suspected", "possible", "likely", "questionable", or "rule out". Only the facility can report conditions documented as any of the unconfirmed diagnoses.
Please refer to this website for the Official ICD-9-CM Coding Guidelines: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/icd9/icdguide.pdf
Sally Roland, MS, RHIA, CPC
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