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  1. Default correct icd-9 code?
    Medical Coding Books
    Patient has shoulder pain and limted range of motion for 6 months.

    The impression reads high-grade rim-rent partial tear of the insertion of the supraspinatus tendon.

    Would it be correct to code 840.6?

    The icd-9 book directs you to 840.6 based on tear, ligament. I have posted similar questions like this before. Wouldn't you only use this code if the patient had an injury?

    Because I am not provided with this information and you are not supposed to assume, wouldn't it be correct to only code the shoulder pain?

    Thank you.

  2. #2
    Milwaukee WI
    Default Code the tear
    If the doctor states the patient has a tear, code the tear, even if he doesn't tell you the method of injury.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CPC-E/M

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