tci ED Coding & Reimbursement Alert - 2006 Issue 1

Reader Questions: Go Straight to Source for Pain Code

Question: A patient came in to the ED with a chief complaint of -dental wire poking into his lip.- After the physician examined him and discharged him with the instruction -Follow up with dentist and get some wax from the drug store,- the physician didn't perform any further treatment. The final diagnosis on the chart: Dental hardware pain. What diagnosis code should I report for this?Texas Subscriber Answer: Your best option in this scenario is simply to bill out with a diagnosis for mouth pain (or lip or gum, if somewhere in the chart it indicates...

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