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Injury Coding

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    How long after an injury do you keep coding the injury dx code? I have a patient that had a skateboarding accident over a year ago and is still having pain. Would I keep coding this at the knee injury or use knee pain with a history of an injury? I could not find any guidance on how long to keep using the injury dx.

    Thanks for any help.

  2. #2
    If it is documented, that it happened over a year ago, then I would use the history code V15.59

  3. #3
    Columbia, MO
    I would use the knee pain and then the code for the late effect from the injury (category 905,906,907)

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

  4. #4
    But for how long can you use that code? As long as the patient is having the injury-related pain?

  5. #5
    Columbia, MO
    you use the late effect code for however long the physician documents that the pain is due to that injury which as you know could be a liketime. There is no timelimit on late effects. I think too often the late effect is documented but the code is not picked up by the coder.

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

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