AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS - 2016 Issue 4; ICD-10-CM NEW/REVISED CODES

Hypertensive Crisis, Urgency and Emergency

A new category has been created to describe hypertensive crisis. Codes in this new category differentiate hypertensive urgency (I16.0), hypertensive emergency (I16.1), and hypertensive crisis, unspecified (I16.9). The American Academy of Pediatrics requested detailed codes to track patients who present with clinically significant hypertension that requires immediate treatment. A hypertensive crisis (urgency or emergency) occurs when blood pressure elevates rapidly and severely enough to potentially cause organ damage. Patients may present with symptoms of acute headache, shortness of breath, epistaxis, or marked anxiety. Immediate evaluation is needed to assess organ function, and determine appropriate treatment. A...

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