Foundational Coding: Principal Diagnosis

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This course provides an in-depth look at the ICD-10-CM principal diagnosis for inpatient coding. Definitions, guidelines, and examples for principal diagnosis are explored in order to teach coding concepts.



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  • Review the Uniform Hospital Discharge Data Set (UHDDS) definition of principal diagnosis
  • Explain the definition of principal diagnosis as it applies to the inpatient setting
  • Examine the ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting for principal diagnosis selection
  • Explore examples of ICD-10-CM principal diagnosis selection
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