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Discontinuation of medication as single therapeutic measure

Author: Preview Account Views: 1426 Created: 2010-11-02 07:20 Last Updated: 2010-11-22 10:26

I have a case where a patient was admitted with hyponatreamia due to diuretics and the only procedure carried out was the discontinuation of diuretics. What do I code as a procedure?

HIO Inpatient Team answers:

Medical treatment only performed with medications (also the change or discontinuation of a medication) usually doesn't require procedure coding.