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    Default Size--hpi

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    EX: 1.6x 1.4 NODULE OR MASS

    Not sitting right w me what do u think

    Thank you

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    IMO size would fall under Quality, not Severity.


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    I can see where he is coming from. If you said "rash on 20% of body" vs "rash on 75% of body"...wouldn''t that show severity of the rash. I could probably go with the size of a lesion or nodule as severity.

    I would not apply it to quality as I think that as more of a descriptor or adjective such as "red mass" or "scaly nodule"

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    Default Size of mass / lesion

    For size of mass or lesion I would count stated dimensions as "Severity."

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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    What I got from the AAPC Website is this:

    Severity: The patients statements regarding a degree or measurement of how bad it is. For example, improved, extreme pain, blood sugar was 200, he was feeling "better", or she feels that it is intolerable", etc

    Quality: The patients statements regarding characteristics about the problem. How it looks or feels For example, green phlegm, popping knee, metallic taste, throbbing pain or a whistling sound, etc.

    That's why I thought Quality would be more appropriate.

    Help me understand the differences, please!!

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