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    Default HTN - urgency

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    How would you code hypertension - urgency.

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    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Duluth, Minnesota


    I'd code the Hypertension - (whatever it is, 401.9/401.1 - 401.x -whatever) along with whatever the urgency was. What was the urgency? Nose bleed, dizzy, headache,???
    {that's my opinion on the posted matter}
    Donna, CPC, CPC-H

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    Default HTN - urgency

    The urgency is to get the blood pressure down. "urgency" in the control of the high blood pressure.

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    Apr 2007
    Gulf Coast - GCAPC


    When doctors say 'hypertensive urgency', they usually just mean that the hypertension has caused or is the problem. Urgency or Crisis, etc. are just non-essential modifiers. Things doctors say, that have no bearing on the code. So you just code hypertension, malignant, benign or unspecified, then you can code whatever else was happening like dmaec said - nosebleed, headache, dizzy, etc.
    Rhonda Winder, CPC

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