The FY 2019 Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting versus the American Hospital Association (AHA) third-quarter Coding Clinic: when it comes to coding body mass index (BMI), there’s a contradiction.
The Guidelines say BMI codes should only be assigned when the associated diagnosis meets the definition of a reportable diagnosis. AHA guidance states that obesity is always coded, even without supporting clinical significance. What’s a coder to do?
During this edition of Talk Ten Tuesdays, James Kennedy, MD offers timely and practical advice on how to handle and resolve this issue.
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