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Thread: Pain Code Usage Clarification

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Daytona Beach

    Cool Pain Code Usage Clarification

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    I am confused about the use of pain codes. If the physician does not state acute or chronic, is there an instance that is appropriate to use the pain code when the pain is described as 10 out 10 etc.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Columbia, MO


    Post operative pain is always coded as acute unless specified as chronic by the physician. Neoplasm pain neither acute nor chronic. All other pain ...pain from truma and other pain must be stated as acute or chronic by the physician.

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

  3. #3
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    Apr 2007
    Loma Linda

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    According to the tip in the Expert ICD-9:

    Do not assign a 338 code if the pain is not specified as acute or chronic, unless post-thoracotomy, postoperative, neoplasm related or Central Pain Syndrome.

    I learned something new today.

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