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    Default Flu like symptoms/illness Code???

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    With the influenza scare going on right now, I have been seeing more & more flu like symptoms or flu like illness diagnosis. Does anyone know how these should be coded? I've seen 487.1, influenza given. I have seen 079.89 "other" viral infection. I've seen someone say to code the symptoms......

    Any and all help is greatly appreciated. Thanks so much.

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    Flu symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, chills, cough, runny nose, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. If you have access to the doctor, I'd ask him/her to be more specific with the flu symptoms.

    Took a closer look at 487.1 and if the doc says flu like illness you're probably safe using that code. If the doc says flu symptoms, I'd clarify what that means. Coding--it's almost always about hair-splitting.
    Last edited by coderguy1939; 10-16-2009 at 01:17 PM.

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    Didn't they just add new H1N1 codes? I need the illness code for a confirmed swine flu patinet.

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    Default H1n1 codes

    According to ACOG, effective 10/1/09 use 488.1 for flu identified as H1N1 virus.


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