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    If a patient has an arterial bleed from multiple lacerations to his hand, does the doc have to clarify it to be complicated in order to code it 882.1? Is that just 'assumed' it's delayed healing and is 882.1 or should I code it as 882.0 as unspecified?


    Thank you!


    Brooke Bierman, CPC, CPB
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    2014 President AAPC Des Moines Chapter

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    Quote Originally Posted by babierman View Post
    If a patient has an arterial bleed from multiple lacerations to his hand, does the doc have to clarify it to be complicated in order to code it 882.1? Is that just 'assumed' it's delayed healing and is 882.1 or should I code it as 882.0 as unspecified?


    Thank you!
    You cannot assume anything, the doctor has to document the condition that makes the open wound complicated. Otherwise, your choice is unspecified.
    Arlene J. Smith, CPC, CPMA, CEMC, COBGC

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    Thank you! That's what I thought. I just didn't want to argue with my remote coder


    Brooke Bierman, CPC, CPB
    Coding & Billing Manager
    2014 President AAPC Des Moines Chapter

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