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    Default acceptable verbiage

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    Is the word "with" an acceptable linking of two diagnoses?

    i.e. 1) HTN with heart disease, or, 2) DMII with Neuropathy

    or, according to CMS guidelines is only the following accepted
    1) hypertensive heart disease or "due to"
    2) Diabetic Neuropathy or "due to" or "secondary to"

    Thank you

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    Apr 2007
    Columbia, MO


    The word with does NOT link two conditions together.

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

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    thank you

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    Where can I find in the CMS guidelines?
    Thank you

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    Apr 2007
    Hartford, CT


    You will not find these in the CMS guidelines, they are in the ICD-9 Coding guidelines. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/icd.htm

    Doreen, CPC

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    Thank you

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