Check your coding guidelines in your ICD-9 coding book a little more closely and that may help. They basically tell you to code the main reason for the inpatient visit and to also code any co-existing condition which affects the patients current treatment during the visit. Also, if you can find access anywhere, check your Coding Clinics for ICD-9 coding, they should have some helpful hints. If you are not a critical access hospital, then you code according to the DRG's & CC's/MCC's and that is a complex learning process for inpatient coding.
This web address below may be helpful. It is for the UHDDS, which is what the ICD-9 coding guidelines keep referring to and it will help to explain diagnosis coding for inpatients in much more detail. Hope its helpful!
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