AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS - 2016 Issue 2; Clarification

Diabetes and Associated Conditions

The AHA Central Office has received several questions requesting clarification of the advice published in the First Quarter 2016 issue regarding diabetes and associated conditions. The published advice is based on Guideline Section I.A.15 which says: The word “with” should be interpreted to mean “associated with” or “due to” when it appears in a code title, the Alphabetic Index, or an instructional note in the Tabular List. The classification presumes a causal relationship between the two conditions linked by these terms in the Alphabetic Index or Tabular.  The following example from the Alphabetic...

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