Health Information Management

Assigning the principal diagnosis: Four case studies

HIM-HIPAA Insider, September 7, 2010

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The following four case studies test your knowledge of correct principal diagnosis (PDX) assignment. These case studies were presented during HCPro’s audio conference “Principal Diagnosis Selection: Ensure MS-DRG Accuracy and  Avoid Compliance Risk.”

Case study 1: A patient is admitted with seizures secondary to known carcinoma of the brain. The patient receives intravenous Dilantin® for control of the seizures. No treatment is directed toward the brain carcinoma. What is the PDX?
 
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