YOu have to be careful when coding elevated BP. A person can have a elevated BP for a number of reasons. The physician must document that patient has HTN because if his /her BP was just elevated a couple of times (maybe he was in a hurry and running late, may be upset about something etc) and you code HTN and they are not it could reek havoc down the road when they try to apply for life insurance etc.
The common rule of thumb most physicians go by is that the BP must be elevated at 3 different office visits for a definitive diagnosis of HTN.
There is a code for elevated BP. Look up elevated or elevation then BP and you will find it.
Mary B., CPC, CMA(AAMA)
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