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    Default Can you use an ICD-9 code on a order as a dx?

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    A physician orders a chest x-ray and under the diagnosis section the physician wrote 486. Can we code from that or does it have to be in written form (pneumonia). I have been told that coders aren't allowed to code from a neumeric ICD-9 code and only a written diagnosis. Does anyone know where I can find this supporting documentation? Thank you!

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    Apr 2007
    Phoenix, AZ


    Good morning,

    if the diagnosis is appropriate for the x-ray, why would you not use it? Whether it's written out as pneumonia or 486, it's still the reason the MD is ordering the x-ray, right?
    Cyndi Allen, CPC, CIRCC
    2015 Local Chapter President, Casa Grande, AZ

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