AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS - 2016 Issue 1; Ask the Editor

Diabetic Foot Ulcer

A patient, who is a type 2 diabetic, is admitted with a chronically infected ulcer of the left mid-foot. The provider documented, “Diabetic foot ulcer with skin breakdown, positive for Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection.” She also had been diagnosed with polyneuropathy, end-stage renal disease (ESRD), on hemodialysis maintenance. Does the ICD-10-CM assume a cause-and-effect relationship between the diabetes mellitus, the foot ulcer, polyneuropathy and ESRD? How should this case be coded? ...

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