Locating Periodontal Disease in ICD-10-CM

by  Christine Woolstenhulme, QCC, QMCS, CPC, CMRS

When coding a diagnosis for periodontal disease, keep in mind there are more options than just chronic or acute. To get started, look at chapter 11, Diseases of the digestive system (K00-K95). Looking at this section a little further, you can see this is where the oral cavity is coded because the mouth is a part of the digestive system.

ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Codes

11. Diseases of the digestive system (K00-K95)

Reporting an Unspecified Diagnosis

Once you locate gingivitis and periodontal disease, you can see additional options to help you locate the most specific code. Remember coding with ICD-10-CM is all about reporting the most specific code available, even if it is unspecified such as Periodontal disease, unspecified. Generally, an unspecified code should only be reported if there is not a more specific code or the clinician has not given enough information for a more specific code. It may also be used if either the condition has not yet been defined or if there is no evidence to support a higher level of specificity.

Locating Periodontal Disease in ICD-10-CM. (2020, November 5). Find-A-Code Articles. Retrieved from https://www.findacode.com/articles/locating-periodontal-disease-in-icd-10-cm-36727.html

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