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


Mediastinitis is an inflammation of the mediastinum, usually a result of a bacterial infection. It is generally a very severe condition that can be an indicator of a disease process or a complication of care. Previously, all types of mediastinitis were indexed to J98.5, Diseases of mediastinum, not elsewhere classified. Code J98.5 has been expanded to include two new codes: J98.51 and J98.59. Code J98.51, Mediastinitis, has been created to uniquely identify this condition. The new code allows greater specificity to capture the severity of the condition, setting it apart from less severe conditions...

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