Linking codes mean you choose which Dx goes with the specific CPT code it applies to. For example chest pain (786.50) would be linked to a 93000 or 93010 to support the medical necessity of the EKG. If 786.50 is the 1st diagnosis you would put a 1 in the Colomn E of the CMS 1500 form after the CPT code for your EKG. That is linking your diagnosis.
A + would get nothing except stopped at the claim edit point for "missing information" possilby.
Hope this helps.
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