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    Default emphysematous change?

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    What do you code when there is no indication listed for a chest xray and the only finding is emphysematous change? I have so many issues trying to find something for chest xrays sometimes

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    Default Emphysematous change...

    I'm gonna toss my 2 cents into the ring and say go ahead and code emphysema - my reasoning: in order to have emphysematous changes, you must first have emphysema.

    I think all docs need to take a coding class to fully appreciate how insufficient their wording is sometimes...

    Have a good one

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    thanks, i usually do code it and am just looking to back it up. guess i shoulda known that before coding it but i have so many that i am unsure fo it is where do they rate on the priority of asking list? thansk again!

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    I agree with Joyce.
    Julianne Sheetz, CPC

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