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Icd-9cm guidelines

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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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    Outpatient ICD-9 Guidelines always apply to physician services. It's easy to miss that statement in the guidelines, but it's there.

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

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

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