Coding of Weakness
When a patient is admitted for increased generalized weakness and then is covid positive, can weakness be coded as a secondary diagnosis?
The patient is receiving PT and OT services for weakness and requires assistance with ambulation. Upon discharge, the patient will be receiving in home therapy as well due to ongoing weakness. Our coding team had said that if weakness is "inherent" in the diagnosis, such as Covid, then it is not coded as a secondary.
Beth Vorachek, RN, CDI