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    When you come across a / in a diagnosis how do you code this? example fibrosis/atelectasis. Is this fibrosis and atelectasis? or fibrosis and atelectasis

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    Where are you finding this written with the slash?

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    In my opinion, the / means different things depending on the Doc. If you could provide the Assessment/plan portion of the note with no HPI that would help.

    Fibrosis can lead to atelectasis so it is reasonable to believe that these are both findings on an x-ray and
    'fibrosis/atelectasis' documented as the assessment...but without a note I am just guessing

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    As there is no causation wording such as fibrosis due to atelectasis I would code both diagnoses.

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