AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-9 - 2009 Issue 3; Ask the Editor
A patient is diagnosed with "multilobar" pneumonia. I am aware that lobar pneumonia is assigned code 481, Pneumococcal pneumonia [Streptococcus pneumoniae pneumonia]. However, does the diagnostic statement "multilobar" pneumonia indicate that the patient has lobar pneumonia of more than one lobe of the lung and therefore also assigned code 481? ...
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