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  1. #11
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    Apr 2007
    Santa Rosa


    AAPC: Back to School
    I thought about starting a new thread, but since this thread brought up the question, I thought I'd keep it here:

    V58.67 states "Long term (current) use of insulin"

    Why would you add that if you don't know how long the pt has been on insulin? By that term alone, I'd only use it if the provider told me that it was long term. Is there a definition of what long term means as it pertains to these codes?
    Heidi Thompson, CPC

  2. #12
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    Apr 2007
    Columbia, MO


    It is long term or current you do not need to know how long, it is for when insulin is prescribed to be used by the patient from this day for a prolonged time frame. as opposed to a one time dose of insulin being given to a non insulin dependent.

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

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