Simplify diagnostic, procedural pain management coding
Pain is an expected component of injuries, illnesses, and surgical procedures. In some instances, however, the patient's pain is unexpected or is worse than predicted. Sometimes, the pain can last well beyond the time it should have resolved. Shelley C. Safian, PhD, CCS-P, CPC-H, CPC-I, and Susan E. Garrison, CHCA, CHCAS, CHC, PCS, FCS, CCS-P, CPAR, CPC, CPC-H, provide tips and guidance to help coders accurately report pain management diagnoses and procedures.