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coding pna w aids

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    patient has aids and admitted with pneumonia (not PCP) is it a general rule that aids is coded 1st? appreciate your help.
    Laurie

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    Yes, always code the undelying disease first, especially with AIDS. Also, make sure that the patient has been diagnosed with the active disease and not just a positive AIDS test. I am sure that you know it but it is a common mistake. If it is just a positivie test, use the V- code and place it last after the PNA.

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