AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-9 - 2012 Issue 3; Ask the Editor

Assigning Codes from Category 799.5, Signs and Symptoms Involving Cognition

An eight-year-old boy with autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and significant cognitive delays is being evaluated by the speech-language pathologists. The evaluation summary indicates autism with generalized developmental delays and ADHD. The provider documented that his problems with short attention span and distractibility were related to the ADHD. Would it be appropriate to assign code 799.52, Attention or concentration deficit, as an additional diagnosis along with codes for the autism and ADHD? ...

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