I was wondering how other organizations handle the coding of liver lacerations (or kidney, or any other traumatic laceration of an internal organ). Coding asks mild, moderate, severe. Yet, medicine only speaks of grade1-6 (depending on the organ). I am querying on each one of these and the MD's always say they have never heard of mild, moderate, severe. Just wondering how you all have handled it and why in the world does coding not follow medicine (especially in this type of situation where medicine clearly has a staging system)??!!!
Norton Children's Hospital