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    When coding a physician's sevices provided during a inpatient hospitalizaiton, which set of ICD-9CM coding guidelines are applicable, the inpatient or outpatient?

    I'm particulary interested because of the guidelines related to inconclusive diagnoses (probable,suspected, rule out).

    Daniel, CPC

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    Apr 2007
    Louisville, KY


    Outpatient ICD-9 Guidelines always apply to physician services. It's easy to miss that statement in the guidelines, but it's there.
    Kevin B. Shields, RHIT, CPCO, CCS, CPC, COC, CCS-P, CPC-P, CPC-I

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    Columbia, MO


    Kevin is correct put another way inpatient guidelines apply only to the facility coder.

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

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