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    Default Dx for parental anxiety

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    Hi Friends
    Help me with diagnosis code for parental anxiety.

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    Apr 2007


    Need a little more info.

    Are you looking for a family history code or the patient was brought in because the parent was worried about a problem that was not found?

    V65.5 is Person with feared complaint in whom no diagnosis was made

    or V19.8 would be family history of other conditions.

    Hope this helps,

    Laura, CPC, CEMC

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    Apr 2007
    Somers Point New Jersey


    Actually our provider is a pediatrician.
    The patient is child, so we just need to know how we can code parental anxiety for a child.

    Please help me with this.

    Anuja, CPC-A.

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    I have worked in Peds for over 4 yrs. We see a lot of kids that have anxiety and fearfulness of adults of parents. We usually (except in extreme cases) code this as overanxious disorder 313.0. Not sure what the surrounding circumstances are to your young pt. If this doesn't seem to fit, could u give more details/history?

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    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Milwaukee WI

    Default Who is anxious

    I guess the central question is WHO is anxious? Is the child anxious about the parent? Is the parent anxious about the child? I work in pediatrics and I'm inclined to think that Laura is on the right path here ... this is a parent anxious about some condition which isn't actually found on exam. We use the V65.5 quite often in these circumstances.

    Can you post an entire note? That might clarify the actual question.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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