"The assignment of a diagnosis code is based on the provider’s diagnostic statement that the condition exists. The provider’s statement that the patient has a particular condition is sufficient. Code assignment is not based on clinical criteria used by the provider to establish the diagnosis." — ICD-10-CM guideline I.A. 19
This guideline is frequently cited as the reason coders list diagnoses because the doctor said so. But is the doctor’s say-so enough? Reporting on this recurring issue during the next edition of Talk-Ten-Tuesdays will be broadcast co-host Erica Remer, MD, founder and president of Erica Remer, MD, Incorporated.
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