AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-9 - 1984 November - December

Anemia of Chronic Diseases

by Robert H. Seeman, senior nosologist, Commission on Professional and Hospital Activities, Ann Arbor, MI Note: As of October 1, 2000, a new subcategory, 285.2 , was created for anemia of chronic illness. This is divided into three new codes Anemia of chronic disease is a secondary normochromic normocytic anemia. If anemia of chronic diseases is all the physician states, then the only code applicable is 285.9. This article, on the more severe forms of anemia that can develop, is intended as a guide only, and these forms of anemia are unlikely to be specified as such in...

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