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Episode 39 includes a discussion of an old “rule of thumb” regarding POA indicators and inpatient rehab. The question was whether “day 3” or “day 4” was the dividing line on choosing whether a condition was present on admission. Next was an interrupted stay with a return to the IRF and a question as to whether the etiologic diagnosis would change. And finally, a listener asked whether to code both ESRD and acute renal failure for the same patient.

Congratulations to today’s winner, Heather in Illinois! This “mug shot” is our Social Media Guru, Kristine Speight.

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