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    Cool flank pain

    the icd-9 code for flank pain is 789.0 5th digit needed. my doctor wants to argue that the flank is not part of the abdomin so therefore should not be coded as abdominal pain as the 789.0 suggests. So, how should i explain this so that the doctor understands that we realize what the definition of flank is however per the code books it is related to the abdomin.

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    Default flank pain

    what about dx code 789.09

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    we end up using 789.09 but she still says that the flank is not part of the abdomin.

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    Columbus GA


    Show your Dr. the copy of your coding book and see if he wants to disagree with the AMA!!!!
    Jackie, CPC

    Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. ~Confucius~

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    Did that as well, she still disagrees!! I need to show her my cpc training books that shows that different quadrants I guess. Thanks for the replys!

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