This may depend on your carrier.
WPS Medicare says yes, pertinent negative findings can count as HPI. I count them as long as they make sense. I would not count a generic statement like you have listed though, it really should be more specific. For example, pt complains of a sore throat for 2 days with no drainage and tylenol is not helping. I would count the no drainage as an associated sign and symptom since it is a pertinent negative gathered during the HPI.
Laura, CPC, CPMA, CEMC
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