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Chronic rib fractures

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    Default Chronic rib fractures
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    What is the correct dx code for CHRONIC rib fractures?


    Kimberley Tober, CPC
    Franklin, TN

  2. Default Chronic Rib Fracture
    There is no code for Chronic Rib Fracture, under Fracture rib it states the number of ribs fractured and if open or closed. So you Code the Number of Ribs and if it is an open or closed Fracture.

    Kimberly CPC
    Last edited by KimberlyLanier; 06-15-2009 at 02:17 PM.

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    Even if it's not a current injury?

  4. Smile Fractured Rib
    Well if it is not a current injury, are the Ribs still Fractured? If so yes you would just code the Fracture of Rib or Ribs, open or Closed.

    Kimberly CPC

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    Default chronic rib fractures
    Since there are chronic fractures, have they looked for a cause? Osteo? abuse? There are a lot of different ways to go here. What's the treatment? Are they treating for a current fracture? Are they just mentioning in passing that the patient has chronic fractures? You can code lots of different ways. Traumatic, pathologic, healed, healing, nonunion, etc. There are codes for history of, but you need to know how it was fractured in the first place; patholigic, traumatic, or stress. There has to be more information before you can select the correct code. Sorry, can't be more help.

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    Columbia, MO
    I am with Anna on this one. There must be more to this story and the chronic rib fx are possible a cause and effect issue which would dramatically change the coding. I am not so quick to apply an acute fx code tot his without more to the story.

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