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Pay-per-view: Simplify diagnostic, procedural pain management coding

APCs Insider, July 27, 2012

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Pain is an expected component of injuries, illnesses, and surgical procedures. Let's face it, breaking your leg hurts. In some instances, however, the patient's pain is unexpected or is worse than predicted. Sometimes, the pain can last well beyond the time it should have resolved.

For those cases, coders can report codes from the 338 series of ICD-9-CM codes when the physician provides adequate documentation. In ­addition, ­coders can report a CPT® code for separate pain ­management procedures, which include various types of injections.
Continue reading “Simplify diagnostic, procedural pain management coding” on HCPro’s website. Subscribers to Briefings on APCs have free access to this article in the July issue.

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