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Topic Originator: Coder D
Post Date September 14, 2011 @ 8:35 AM
drug withdrawal


Coder D
September 14, 2011 @ 8:35 AM Reply  |  Email Friend   |  |Print  |  Top

If a heroin patient has quit taking for five days, is admitted because of nausea and vomiting, dehydration, hypokalemia, would you code heroin withdrawal as the principal since N&V are symptoms of withdrawal.  The physician did mention Heroin withdrawal as one of the
diagnoses in a progress note.

Andrea
November 23, 2011 @ 9:34 PM Reply  |  Email Friend   |  |Print  |  Top

The doctor needs to document that the symptoms are due to drug withdrawal.



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