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Created On: 02/16/2009 09:10 AM

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Brooke_Buchanan_68635

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Is there a code for drug seeking? I can't seem to find anything at all.
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 02/16/2009 09:18 AM
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jeanre58@gmail.com

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This may help: Usually its called " Drug seeking Behavior " so it may be under Behavior in the Alph index............Kit
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Brooke_Buchanan_68635

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I tried there too, but didn't see anything. Thanks though.
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 02/16/2009 11:13 AM
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dabooch310

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Look under "malingering" - use that V code and add the drug abuse code that applies.
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 02/16/2009 12:46 PM
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ERIN

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Here's a reference:

Drug seeking behavior
Coding Clinic, Third Quarter 1999 Page: 20

Question:

What is the diagnosis code for "drug-seeking behavior?" Drug abusers known to the ER staff have come into our Emergency Room with vague complaints to obtain drugs. Several of the ER physicians will use the diagnosis "drug-seeking behavior" as the diagnosis for these patients and some will list the complaints and add the diagnosis drug-seeking behavior. How is this condition coded in both of these situations?

Answer:

Assign code 305.90, Unspecified drug abuse, and code V65.2, Person feigning illness, for these types of encounters.

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Brooke_Buchanan_68635

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Thanks so much...I found the V code at first but wasn't sure if that was all I needed.
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