Radiology Coding Alert

Reader Question:
Use Discretion for Principal Diagnosis Without Definitive Condition

Question: I’ve got a chart where the patient presents with shortness of breath and a cough with a suspected diagnosis of bronchitis. Which diagnosis should I report as the principal diagnosis? Georgia Subscriber Answer: Since the ICD-10-CM manual instructs you not to report any nondefinitive conditions in the outpatient setting, you know not to include bronchitis as the primary diagnosis. [...]