AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS - 2018 Issue 3; Ask the Editor

Gastrointestinal Bleeding due to Multiple Possible Sources

A patient admitted with hematochezia underwent colonoscopy. The provider’s diagnostic impression included non-thrombosed and non-bleeding internal hemorrhoids, sigmoid diverticulosis, colonic angiodyplasia, and adenomatous cecum polyp. Coding professionals understand that active bleeding does not have to be demonstrated during the hospital stay for the physician to clinically diagnose bleeding, and that the classification makes a linkage between bleeding and angiodysplasia, and diverticulosis with bleeding. Is it appropriate to assign codes for multiple bleeding sites when more than one finding/possible cause is linked, because of indexing in the classification? ...

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