Checkpoint: Determining Diagnosis Code Categories
Wm. Victor Golden
Aug 18, 2011
Instructor Charity Booker
* A 68-year-old male presents to the office complaining of pronounced weakness on the right side of his body and slurred speech for the past 24 hours. Based on the examination, the physician orders an MRI to investigate a possible transient ischemic attack. The diagnosis category I would choose in this case would be Symptoms, Signs, and Ill-Defined Conditions—Codes 780–799. I would choose this category because the patient came in complaining of various symptoms so the physician ordered an MRI to investigate for a possible transient ischemic attack which is not a diagnosis. * A 44-year-old male presents to the office complaining of intermittent chest pain. The physician orders an EKG to rule out a possible cardiac event. The diagnosis category I would choose in this case would be Diseases of the Circulatory System—Codes 390–459. The patient is complaining of chest pains and feels the patient might be having a cardiac event you would use these codes because they deal with the circulatory system. * A 72-year-old diabetic female exhibits a non-healing wound on her left foot. The diagnosis category I would choose in this case would be Diseases of the Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue—Codes 680–709. The reasoning for this is that the patient’s problem is a wound that is not healing on her foot. The fact that the patient suffers from diabetes is not a diagnosis of why the wound is not healing.
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