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Assigning a POA indicator for pressure ulcers that progress from one stage to the next during a hospital stay

HIM-HIPAA Insider, November 18, 2008

Q: What present on admission (POA) indicator should we assign when a patient presents to the hospital with a stage I pressure ulcer (code 707.21) that later develops to a stage III pressure ulcer (code 707.23) during his or her stay? Will CMS consider the stage III ulcer a hospital acquired condition (HAC)?

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