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Psychiatric Facility Coding

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Psychiatry and Psychology are specialized fields for the diagnosis and treatment of various mental health disorders and/or diseases.  Patients admitted to a free-standing psychiatric facility or to a designated/licensed psychiatric unit of an acute care or critical access hospital are subject to the coding guidelines for long term care facilities and the UHDDS definition of principal diagnoses (that condition established after study to be chiefly responsible for occasioning the admission of the patient to the hospital for care) applies. (1 CEU)


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