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    How do you code one diagnosis versus another? Am I supposed to just code both?

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    Duluth, Minnesota


    in an outpatient physician setting - you can't code vrs - you'd code the signs/symptoms if you don't have a definitive dx - (this is for outpatient coding).
    I don't do inpatient coding, yet.. but I hear we can code it as though it does exist, as though they have it...

    anybody else? ......
    Donna, CPC, CPC-H

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    it's an outpatient physician setting. The doctor wrote only URI vs. Pneumonia with no symptoms. I guess I should ask her to document more stating the signs and symptoms.

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    so, nothing in the documentation such as cough, difficulty breathing, congestion?...
    yup, you'll need clarification on it if nothing else is provided.
    outpatient setting, can't code "vrs"
    Donna, CPC, CPC-H

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    Thanks for your help! I was never completely sure of what to code when 'vrs' was in the diagnosis.

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