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    Default Muscle Strain-current of old?

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    I would appreciate your suggestions on how to code a muscle strain that occurred 9 months ago, 11/08. Patient is being treated and this is his first encounter with health providers.

    Do I code for a current acute condition or code the "old/chronic", 718.91:
    Unspecified derangement of joint. Thanks.

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    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Richmond VA


    I would use the old Chronic, the patient has had the Muscle strain for over 3 months.
    Ivonne Atanacio CPC, CPC- I, CBCS

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    Apr 2007


    I would also go with chronic
    Mary, CPC, CANPC, COSC

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    Apr 2007
    Bangor, Maine


    I agree with mbort and ivonne. I always use the "3 month rule" when coding chronic or acute.

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    I also agree with Leslie...
    Rahul Srivastava, CPC

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