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Thread: Child Biting other children

  1. #1
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    Apr 2007
    Gulf To Bay, Clwtr FL

    Unhappy Child Biting other children

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    Does anyone know a good code to use for a preschooler biting other kids? I thought about using 312.01, but I am afraid to label the kid so early. The Dr. says the parents think he is biting b/c he has a sppech problem. Again, I do not think that is the best DX. Or should I just use 312.9? I feel like that is such a blanket code. Any insight would be helpful! Thanks

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Columbia, MO


    do not code what the physician does not document. It is not up to the coder to assign a conduct disorder code if the physician documents a behavior of biting which may be related to a speech problem. I would need to know what the physician stated to give you my opinion on the dx.

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

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    Cool Biting Children

    Could you possible use V61.20 Concern about behavior of child. It is normally a counseling code for parent-child problems, it is unspecified.

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    Apr 2007


    The coder in me agrees with mitchellde. I also think v61.2* would work.
    The parent in me is laughing.

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