Ellen Hochstein

Ellen Hochstein

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November 2017

“Code First” and “In Diseases Classified Elsewhere”


The “code first” note is your hint that two codes may be needed, along with sequencing direction. The “code first” note is an instructional note.

If you see “in diseases classified elsewhere” terminology you will assign two codes, with the manifestation code being sequenced after the underlying condition. The “in diseases classified elsewhere” (manifestation) code is actually part of the code title. The code with “in diseases classified elsewhere” documented can never be used as a principal diagnosis.

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