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Jan 24th, 2018 - rphelps 615  1 

Diagnosis Overweight

We are a GI clinic and my FNP'S are using overweight often as a primary diagnosis. Does anyone know if this is permissable. Would weight gain or obesity be better?

Mar 1st, 2018 - ChrisW   256  1 

re: Diagnosis Overweight

If the patient is being seen for a weight issue, you need to use the appropriate code. Due to the fact that ICD-10-CM is so specific, we are required to use the most specific code.

When using the overweight code E66.3 it is only used for Patients who are overweight without being obese and have a BMI of 25-29. It is important to understand the codes being reported and ensure the proper use, just using a code for “Overweight” may or may not be correct as each patient is different.

Remember to follow coding instruction such as Code First and Use additional code to identify body mass index (BMI) if known using codes from Z68.-

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