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...

To read the full article, sign in and subscribe to tci ED Coding & Reimbursement Alert.


You have ED coding questions, and we deliver money-in-the-bank answers to help you defeat your claim issues and secure optimal reimbursement.

Stay in the know and avoid federal reproach with your subscription to TCI’s ED Coding and Reimbursement Alert.

  • Current newsletters added each month
  • Fully searchable archives - over 2100 articles
  • ALL years/issues back to 1998 organized by year and issue
  • Codes mentioned in articles are linked to Code Information pages
  • Code Information pages link back to related articles
Access to this feature is available in the following products:
  • tci ED Coding & Reimbursement Alert +Archives

free demo
request yours today
pricing
for any budget
sign IN
welcome back!