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Coding a sprained ankle

HIM-HIPAA Insider, December 16, 2008

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Q: A patient is walking quickly on an icy, unsalted sidewalk so she doesn’t miss her bus. The patient slips and falls on the ice, twisting and spraining her ankle. Her physician documents that she sprained her deltoid ligament.

A: Report codes 845.01, E885.9, E849.5.

Editor’s note: This Q&A was excerpted from the December issue of Medical Records Briefing. For more information, click here.

 



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