AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-9 - 2004 Issue 2; Ask the Editor

Difficulty Walking Versus Abnormal Gait

A 66-year-old woman who is status post total hip replacement secondary to localized osteoarthritis was experiencing problems with ambulation and gait following hip surgery. The patient was discharged with home health care services twice weekly. During the home care visit the patient received wound care and physical therapy for gait training and strengthening to increase the patient's ability to ambulate. How should the home health care encounter be coded? ...

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