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Old 05-24-2011, 09:17 AM
JCampbell JCampbell is offline
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Default Sternal pain

Can somone help me with the following:

Provider writes on the encounter form acute bronchitis, chronic sternal pain aggravated by cough. How would you code this? Would you code bronchitis along w/ sternal pain and cough?

Thanks in advance for any help that may be given!
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Old 05-24-2011, 09:46 AM
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Default Acute bronchitis with chronic sternal pain and cough

I would code acute bronchtiis followed by 786.51 for the sternal pain and 338.29 to describe the chronic pain. I would not code cough as it is integral to bronchitis.
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