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

Moderate Protein Malnutrition

Our provider documented "malnutrition" in the final diagnostic statement on the discharge summary. He was queried to further specify the type of malnutrition. His response was "moderate protein malnutrition." Would it be appropriate to assign codes for both moderate malnutrition (263.0) and protein malnutrition (260) to show both types? ...

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