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Melissa Posted Wed 09th of January, 2013 13:42:32 PM

Hi I need to codes please what is the best code for Community acquired pneumonia? also what about cavitary pneumonia?

SuperCoder Answered Fri 11th of January, 2013 21:56:48 PM

use 486 for community acquired pneumonia

use 513.0 (lung abscess) for cavitary pneumonia. A lung abscess is necrosis of the pulmonary tissue and formation of cavities (more than 2 cm).

also code for the manifestation, such as Mycobacterium tuberculosis. For instance, 011.20, Tuberculosis of lung with cavitation unspecified examination

Jen Godreau, CPC, CPMA, CPEDC

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