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Q&A: Coding diabetes and malnutrition in pediatric patients

Q: I work at a pediatric hospital and am wondering if a newly diagnosed diabetic patient should also have malnutrition coded separately. While the dietician sees these patients routinely, the head of endocrinology explained she hasn’t been documenting the level of malnutrition because it’s temporary and due to the illness with the treatment being the initiation of insulin therapy. What are your thoughts? 

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