How to Code For Possible Vaping&E-cigarette-related Illness From CDC




ALEX:AS OF THIS WEEK- THERE HAVE BEEN 263 POSSIBLE CASES OF LUNG DISEASE IN TEXAS- FROM
PEOPLE WHO REPORT VAPING.NOW- NEW GUIDELINES FROM THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL
AND PREVENTION COULD HELP DOCTORS TRACK, GROUP AND SEPARATE SYMPTOMS.AS KXA'S
STEFFI LEE REPORTS, IT WILL GIVE US ALL A BETTER IDEA OF WHA'S HAPPENING. DR. MARIA MONGE "ALMOST ONE IN THREE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AT THIS POINT ARE VAPING."
STEFFI: VAPING AND E-CIGARETTES - ARE NOW NORMALIZED AMONG TEENAGERS DR. MARIA MONGE SAYS.STEFFI: AND SHE SAYS I'S A CONCERNING TREND. DR. MARIA MONGE "PEOPLE WHO ARE HAVING
HEADACHES, ANXIETY, POOR APPETITE, WEIGHT LOSS, ALL BECAUSE OF THE AMOUNTS OF NICOTINE THAT ARE BEING USED IN THE VAPING PRODUCTS." STEFFI: I'S BEEN CHALLENGING -- TO PINPOINT THE ROOT CAUSE OF HEALTH COMPLICATIONS SOMETIMES. DR. MARIA MONGE "HOW DO WE SORT OUT WHEN TO WORRY THAT SOMETHING IS LUNG PATHOLOGY - I.E. I'S A VIRUS I'S SOMETHING RELATED TO AN
ILLNESS, VS WHEN IS SOMETHING VAPING RELATED." STEFFI: SHE HOPES NEW GUIDELINES FROM THE
CDC ON HOW TO CODE FOR HEALTH ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH VAPING - CAN BE A USEFUL TOOL.STEFFI:
THER'S NOW A BREAKDOWN OVER THINGS LIKE LUNG-RELATED COMPLICATIONS, POISONING AND TOXICITY, SUBSTANCE USE, AND OTHER SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS - LIKE CHEST PAIN OR VOMITING. DR. MARIA MONGE "WHAT THE'RE GOING TO ALLOW US TO DO IS TO KIND OF ISOLATE ALL OF THE CASES THAT WE THINK ARE MOST CONNECTED TO WHA'S GOING ON." DR. MARIA MONGE "I THINK FOR THOSE OF US WHO ARE KIND OF ON THE FRONT LINES OF SEEING THIS, WE ARE AT A LOSS SOMETIMES BECAUSE WE DO'T KNOW HOW TO ADVISE OUR PATIENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES AND SO IF WE ARE STARTING TO HAVE MORE AND MORE DATA BECAUSE W'RE TRACKING IT BETTER WITH SPECIFIC GUIDELINES, THEN WHA'S GOING
TO GOING TO THEN - THAT INFORMATION IS GOING TO COME WE CAN ADVISE FAMILIES AND ON
WHAT TO LOOK FOR FOR STEFFI LEE KXAN NEWS THE C-D-C DOES WANT TO REMIND PEOPLE -- THE VARIOUS HEALTH COMPLICATIONS THEY LIST - MAY NOT REPRESENT ALL POSSIBLE REASONS FOR HEALTHCARE VISITS RELATED TO VAPING.PROPOSALS FOR NEW CODES TO ADDRESS ADDITIONAL DETAILS - WILL BE PRESENTED AT A MEETING NEXT YEAR. ALEX:MANY OF US- EARNED THAT

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