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exam confusion

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exam confusion
by Lisa Al, CPC-A - Friday, 2 December 2016, 8:27 AM

I am taking the last coding exam in module 1. Injury, poisoning, adverse effects, and external causes of morbidity, pregnancy, injury and external causes. 

So when I see the question, infected nonvenomous insect bite of foot, I had to ask Melissa if I am to code for the infection part or for the bite part.

My question to anyone else is, is anyone else ever confused as to which part of the diagnosis you are supposed to be coding or is it just me? 

Thanks for any input.

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Re: exam confusion
by Instructor Melissa - Friday, 2 December 2016, 9:39 AM

To know whether to use a code for the actual injury/poisoning or a code for the external cause, you will have to pay special attention to the code ranges that are provided for each exam question when you first open up this exam:

Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Puerperium (O00-O9A, questions 1-15)Injury and Poisoning (S00-T88, questions 16-30), & External Causes of Morbidity (V00-Y99, questions 31-45

So, for exam questions 16-30, you will use a code for the actual injury/poisoning, but for questions 31-45, you will use a code for the *external cause* of that injury/poisoning.

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Re: exam confusion
by Crystal WK - Friday, 2 December 2016, 9:40 AM


Try looking (in alpha) at "bite"-"foot"-"insect".  Hope that helps!

Re: exam confusion
by Jackie Sh, CPC-A - Friday, 2 December 2016, 1:42 PM

Quite honestly, I debated whether the infection in this case was a sequela. Since it was not stated as such I went with initial encounter.