eagonoy, the OP is discussing outpatient facility coding, not physician coding. In this case, E&M guidelines do not apply, and you would report all codes related to the patient's medical history, as relevant to the current episode of care.
In the facility setting, chronic conditions are reported for data purposes, as well as to support any adjunct therapy provided while the patient is admitted in the outpatient setting.
We report those conditions stated in all related physician documentation that would/could impact treatment of the current condition. We also include history, if it's relevant to the current care. Experienced coders understand which diagnoses to include, and which can be left off. But to assume you have to code only based on what the provider is currently treating, would be inappropriate in the outpatient setting.
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