Foundational Coding: Circumstances of Admission

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This course provides an in-depth look at the circumstances of admission. The circumstance of admission concept and the impact it has in an inpatient setting is reviewed. Also, the principal diagnosis as it relates to the circumstances of admission is explored in order to teach coding concepts.



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• Review the definition of principal diagnosis

• Define the concept of the circumstances of admission

• Describe the interrelationship of the principal diagnosis, the circumstances of admission, and medical necessity

• Explain the impact of the circumstances of admission within the coding guidelines for principal diagnosis assignment

• Explore examples of circumstances of admission in relation to principal diagnosis selection in the inpatient setting

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