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    Can anyone suggest the proper diagnosis coding for patient coming with pain following fracture and the result is healing fracture(eg.patella).

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    Code the pain, and then code orthopedic aftercare?

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    I would use the appropriate V54.1 code as the primary code. It does need a fifth digit.
    You didn't say if it is an arm, leg, etc. But they are the codes i would use. You can use the original fracture dx code as your secondary diagnosis. But us the V54.1 code as the primary dx

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    Athens, Ga.


    338.11 Acute pain due to trauma
    338.21 Chronic pain due to trauma

    followed by the appropriate V54.1x

    You can't use the original fracture code as a secondary dx as suggested because that fracture has been reduced and no longer exists.
    Walker Bachman, CPC, CPPM

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