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    Pt seen for an MRI KNEE, the only hx on the order states knee pain, R/O ACL tear. Unknown if this is from any type of injury.

    IMPRESSION: Tear of the anterior cruciate ligament, mild substance.

    Would this be coded as 844.2 or 717.83


    Kimberley Tober, CPC
    Franklin, TN

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    I would use 844.2, but it couldn't hurt to use both. I code a lot of knee and normally is this situation I would code 844.2
    Stephanie Phillips, CPC-H

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    Since they are not stating that it is old then yes you would code 844.2.

    Kimberly CPC
    Last edited by KimberlyLanier; 07-01-2009 at 08:18 AM.

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