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Master the Codes for Ventilator Associated Pneumonia

Question: A patient developed ventilator associated pneumonia while undergoing treatment for Streptococcus bronchopneumonia. How do we code for this scenario? Maine Subscriber Answer: For all procedural or postprocedural complications, you should assign codes based on the provider's documentation of the relationship between the condition and the procedure. In this case, the ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP) developed after admission. On admission this patient's [...]