AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS - 2017 Issue 1; Ask the Editor

Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

What is the correct code assignment for a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease without provider documentation of dementia? When referencing the Alphabetic Index, the coding professional is directed to codes G30.9, Alzheimer’s disease, unspecified, and [F02.80], Dementia in other diseases classified elsewhere without behavioral disturbance. Based on this index entry, are two codes required, or must the provider specifically document Alzheimer’s disease with dementia? ...

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