Cheryl Posted Tue 11th of June, 2013 13:46:15 PM
Patient was admitted with nausea and abdominal pain. Discharge diagnosis states abdominal pain due to ventral hernia. Pt received IV Dilaudid. Would you code the ventral hernia first or the abdominal pain?
SuperCoder Answered Wed 12th of June, 2013 05:17:45 AM
Ventral Hernia only. Sign and symptoms like abdominal pain will not be coded, once the diagnosis has been established.