With the majority of patients being treated in the outpatient environment and the increasing focus on risk adjustment, it is becoming more important than ever to understand the outpatient coding guidelines.
Since the publication of two Coding Clinics in 3Q 2016 pg 15, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with lobar pneumonia, and pg 15-16, Acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with pneumonia, there have been many questions as to what appeared to be conflicts with several official guidelines.
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