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Do you code from path?

  1. Default Do you code from path?
    Medical Coding Books
    Just curious-
    I went to a class that said you do not have to wait for path to charge out a surgery. Do most wait to read path and if you do will it determine your dx. For instance if Operative report has postoperative dx of acute cholecystitis but the path report shows acute and chronic cholecystis with cholelithiasis would you go with what Dr. documented or with what the path found?

    I am just learning and trying to make sure I do things correctly-Thanks!

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    I always code from path

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    Thanks-that's what I thought.

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    If you don't wait for the pathology you may wind up using an unspecified code, and payers tend to not be fans of those. Holding for pathology is always your best bet.

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    Johnson City
    Code from the path report
    Melissa Jewett, CPC

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    I am so glad there is this forum. I love being able to learn and have things confirmed for me. I get more out of it than most of the classes I have taken.

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