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    hello everyone

    I am studying for a test. I am confused. I need your help


    Please give me the code for metastatic lung cancer. I am referring AHIMA book. It gives me the code 162.9. (primary) As far as I know metastatic is secondary .

    Need help

    thank you

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    Hi,
    I work for a Radiation Oncology group. The diagnosis your looking for is 197.0 Secondary Malignant neoplasm of Lung

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    Quote Originally Posted by kumeena View Post
    hello everyone

    I am studying for a test. I am confused. I need your help


    Please give me the code for metastatic lung cancer. I am referring AHIMA book. It gives me the code 162.9. (primary) As far as I know metastatic is secondary .

    Need help

    thank you
    Many times a physician will make this statement meaning the patient has lung cancer which has metastasized(never could spell that word), The 1985 May/June coding clinic states to treat this statement as Lung cancer primary(162.9) with unknown secondary(199.1), the rationale is that lung is far more common as a primary site than it is as a secondary site. If you remeber that the metastatic site is still the primary just located in a different organ, so bone mets could be stated as lung cancer located in the bone.

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

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    thank you for everyone. I really appreciate your time and help

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