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Chronic alcoholic hepatitis ?

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    Default Chronic alcoholic hepatitis ?
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    I'm having a disagreement with a fellow coder. She wants to use 571.40 for chronic alcoholic hepatitis (as worded by the physician). I say 571.1. Any thoughts? Thanks!

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    571.1 is for acute alcoholic hepatitis. 571.40 is chronic hepatitis unspecified. I would use 571.49 chronic hepatitis, other and use the appropriate alcoholism code.

    Just my opinion.

    Michele R. Hayes, CPC, CPMA, CEMC, CGIC

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    Perfect!! Of course! It always helps to have another person to bounce things off of sometimes. Thank you
    Kim Barnes, CPC

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