AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-9 - 2013 Issue 2; Ask the Editor

Long-Term Use of Sedatives and Opioids

What is the appropriate diagnosis code assignment for patients who are on long-term opioids or sedatives for treatment of an underlying medical condition? For example, the physician may document continuous use of Vicodin for chronic degenerative joint disease of the hip, chronic use of narcotics due to gout or low back pain, or the chronic use of anxiolytics for chronic insomnia. ...

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