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  1. #1
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    Default Lymph Nodes

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    Does a provider need to document that they looked at 2 lymph nodes for the 97 or 95 guidelines? I can't find anything that states this. Our providers usually use the 95 guidelines.

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    Apr 2007
    Sioux Falls South Dakota


    The 95 Guidelines are vague on the requirements for each body area/organ system, and do not state how many places lymph nodes need to be checked.

    The 97 General Multi-system Exam, however, does state, to get the bullet in lymphatic:
    "Palpation of lymph nodes in two or more areas:
    Neck Axillae Groin Other"
    Lucinda (Cindy) McGarry, CPC-P
    Applications Specialist
    Avera Health Plans
    Education Office Sioux Falls SD Local Chapter
    Past President Sioux Falls SD Local Chapter

  3. #3
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    Apr 2007

    Default Yes, in 97 2 are required to get credit

    Lymphatic Palpation of lymph nodes in two or more areas:

    95 does not require this.

    Laura, CPC, CPMA, CEMC

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