AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS - 2016 Issue 3; Clarifications

Encephalopathy due to Hypoglycemia

The Central Office has received several requests to clarify advice published in Coding Clinic, Third Quarter, 2015, page 21, about encephalopathy due to diabetic hypoglycemia. When the terms “encephalopathy, hypoglycemic” are referenced, the Index directs to code E16.2, Hypoglycemia.  Additionally, there was no recommendation to query the provider regarding the underlying cause, which could be due to insulin or another hypoglycemic agent; and there was no mention of metabolic encephalopathy in the question.  ...

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