AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-9 - 2009 Issue 3; Ask the Editor

Indwelling Urinary Catheter and Urinary Tract Infection

When a patient who has an indwelling urinary catheter such as a Foley catheter is diagnosed with a urinary tract infection (UTI), is the provider required to document that the UTI is due to the catheter in order to assign code 996.64, Infection and inflammatory reaction due to indwelling urinary catheter? Can the coder assign 996.64 based on the presence of the catheter and the fact that the provider diagnosed UTI? ...

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