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  1. Default linking codes
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    is the "+" sign acceptable per CMS to link codes; i.e. DMII + Neuropathy + Nephropathy

    Thank you

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    Nashville AAPC Chapter
    Default Dx linking
    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.

  3. #3
    Columbia, MO
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    If you mean can these be considered complications of the DM then I say no... a + is insufficient for the physician to link the neuropathy and nehropath as being causal to the DMII

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

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