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Thread: I&D help, please

  1. #1
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    Apr 2007
    Lehigh Valley

    Default I&D help, please

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    Not sure how to code this and need some help.

    Pt had an ID on left side of groin and then 18 days later developed right groin pain and a lump. Given the likelihood of an underlying abscess and his history of left groin abscess, decision was made to perform an I & D, however, following the incision there was no pus noted. Three days later, there was pus noted. How would I bill this out?? Would it be an I & D on the right?

    Thanks for the help

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Milwaukee WI

    Default Need to see the documentation

    In general the rule is that doctors document what they do and coders code what is documented. I know that doesn't help much ... Can you post the note(s)?

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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