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It's a balancing act: Maintaining acid-base balance

Briefings on Coding Compliance Strategies, August 1, 2008

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Complex processes go on inside the body in order to maintain homeostasis, or the status of being chemically balanced. What a person does, or what happens to a person, may change this delicate balance of chemicals. But the body has defense mechanisms that work constantly to prevent change and to return it to a stable chemical makeup should a change occur.

Physicians become accustomed to seeing certain tests ordered for a sick patient. These test results help them draw conclusions about whether a patient has a particular condition.

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