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Current vs Old Injury

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    Medical Coding Books
    What is the criteria for determining a 'current' vs 'old' injury? What do you report if the patient has a complaint without injury about 3 months ago?

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    the physician's documentation will tell you....always query the physician when the documentation is uncodable

    1 injury I know of is old myocardial infarction equals/older than 8 weeks is coded as 412

    Rachele Porter, AS, CPC, CPC-H, CEDC
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    Modesto, CA; Central Valley Chapter
    I asked this question on another list serve and was told to look current up in the dictionary, lol. So the definition of current is something that is 'now'. I was also told to code the scenario I had with a late effects code and the 700 range code.

    Hope this helps.
    Tina Reich, CPC, CPC-I, CEMC

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