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What Dx code would you use for "falls"?

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    Question What Dx code would you use for "falls"?
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    What Diagnosis code would you use for "falls"?

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    V15.88 = History of falling
    Vanessa Mier, CPC

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    Well it depends. If it is a history of falling then yes use V15.88. But if the patient just fell then it would be E880-E888. Fall NOS is E888.9. Hope that helps.

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    The E code would only apply if, let's say, patient comes in with a head injury due to fall. You'd code the head injury and then the E code to further classify the external cause of the injury. If the dr states "falls", you'd use v15.88.
    Vanessa Mier, CPC

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    Quote Originally Posted by lillianivy View Post
    Well it depends. If it is a history of falling then yes use V15.88. But if the patient just fell then it would be E880-E888. Fall NOS is E888.9. Hope that helps.
    E codes can NEVER be used as the first-listed dx codes you must have something else as a primary dx.

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

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