Reporting codes for use, abuse, and dependence isn’t completely new for ICD-10-CM. Coders can report them in ICD-9-CM. Shelley C. Safian, PhD, MAOM/HSM, CCS-P, CPC-H, CPC-I , AHIMA-approved ICD-10-CM/PCS trainer, reviews the meaning of use, abuse, and dependence and how to code these conditions.
Coders can only use the documentation they have to code in ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM. Adelaide La Rosa, RN, BSN, CCDS, and Deborah Lantz, RHIA, discuss the importance of good documentation when coding for fractures and congestive heart failure in both systems.
Some conditions, such as gangrene due to diabetes, require two codes to correctly report in ICD-9-CM. In ICD-10-CM, coders will only need one code. Jennifer Avery, CCS, CPC-H, CPC, CPC-I, and William E. Haik, MD, FCCP, CDIP, explain how these combination codes act as their own CC or MCC in ICD-10-CM.
Q: We had a question regarding documentation in a record of SIRS due to acute peritonitis without sepsis. Our critical care physician on that case called it severe sepsis as well. What would you do in a situation like that?