AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS - 2017 Issue 3; Ask the Editor

Emaciation and Malnutrition

The ICD-10-CM Index for Diseases lists the following:  Emaciation (due to malnutrition) E41. The Tabular List of Diseases lists E41 as Nutritional Marasmus. If a physician documents Emaciation, given that “due to malnutrition” is a nonessential modifier, the Index classifies the term “emaciation” as E41, Nutritional marasmus.  If a physician documents “emaciation” without documenting malnutrition, would it be appropriate to assign code E41? ...

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