You Be the Coder:
Which Diagnosis Applies in Observation Care?
Published on Tue Apr 09, 2019
Question: Our understanding is that the first-listed diagnosis must be used in lieu of the principal diagnosis when reporting observation. Often, the first listed diagnosis on the discharge summary is not the reason for the admission to observation. Should the reason for admission always be the first listed? If a patient is admitted for shortness of breath but the provider [...]
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