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    Question injury coding scenerio

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    If someone comes in with an injury or pain and the findings of the report end up being DJD which do you code first? The injury/pain or the DJD?

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    Apr 2007
    Allentown, PA


    When a definitive diagnosis is not identified you would code the symptoms. If at the end of the exam the provider documents a definitive diagnosis you should code the diagnosis.

    Remember no rule outs on out patient services, symptoms or diagnosis only.

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