Q: What are the pros/cons of coding ‘hepatic encephalopathy’ as a secondary condition? For example, here is a clinical scenario that happened at our facility: A patient is admitted for pneumonia and the history and physical (H&P) states the patient has a ‘history of...Read More »
The ICD-9-CM guidelines state that it’s unusual for two or more diagnoses to meet the definition of principal diagnosis. However, coders know this isn’t exactly true, as the scenario tends to occur frequently.
Pneumonia and heart failure is a common combination with which patients...Read More »