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Follow up visit dx code

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    Default Follow up visit dx code
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    If a patient presents for mastitis, and returns for follow up and the mastitis is resolved, would you still use the mastitis dx code for the follow up visit?

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    i would code the mastitis as the primary code even if it is resolved. the documentation will say that the visit is for a followup for mastitis that is resolved.

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    i agree with the previous reply

  4. #4
    Duluth, Minnesota
    and what do they say, when 3 coders agree? I'd code the mastitis as also, it's "why" they're coming back - thank goodness it's resolved! We do the same for such things as otitis, when they're coming back in for follow-up and it's usually resolved by that time also!

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    Thank you all very much!!

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