AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-9 - 1987 November - December

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The physician's diagnosis is "Acute respiratory failure due to acute bilateral interstitial pneumonia due to Mycoplasma organism?" The discharge summary states: "Since we could not culture anything and since Legionella antibodies were negative, it was presumed that his pneumonia was due to Eaton's agent and he was given erythromycin as part of his antibiotic program with final improvement in the pneumonia and hypoxia." It was felt that the use of two codes was indicated, 136.3 for acute interstitial pneumonia and 483 for Mycoplasma pneumonia, to show the type of pneumonia as well as the organism. Is this correct coding? ...

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