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Part B Insider (Multispecialty) Coding Alert

Part B Coding Coach:

ICD-10-CM Update: Zero In On Abdominal Pain Coding With Options from R10 Category

Choose carefully between R10.84 and R10.817 for generalized pain vs. tenderness. There is more to abdominal pain coding than meets the eye. Although the symptoms may seem quite simple to report, you need extensive documentation to pinpoint the reason for the complaint. Also, ICD-10-CM requires you to be extra cautious in your code choices based on the location of pain. [...]