AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-9 - 2011 Issue 4; VOLUMES 1 & 2 NEW/REVISED CODES

Brain Death

Effective October 1, 2011, a new code has been created to uniquely identify brain death. Brain death refers to the complete and irreversible cessation of brain activity, (e.g., ending of all functions of the brain and central nervous system as measured by brain wave activity on an electroencephalogram over a specific period of time). The National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI) requested a unique code for brain death. Previously, in ICD-9-CM, brain death was indexed under code 348.89, Other conditions of brain. However, code 348.89 did not differentiate brain death from other forms...

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