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    Question right or left diagnosis codes

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    When the doctor writes a diagnosis for right Otitis or any other diagnosis indicating which side; is there a modifier to signify the right or left side? Bilateral, Lateral, etc? I don't see ICD-9-CM modifiers (ONLY HCPCS) but are there other codes to use in the ICD-9-CM book that I would use to further discribe the diagnosis? Right shoulder, left leg, etc??
    Last edited by mitzfritz215; 05-31-2011 at 04:05 PM.

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    not for ICD-9 however in 2 years when we convert to ICD-10 we will have codes for right and left sie specific diagnosis. For now you just code the diagnosis with out regard to laterality.

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

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    Thanks Debra

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