AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-9 - 2008 Issue 4; VOLUMES 1 AND 2 NEW/REVISED CODES

Necrotizing Enterocolitis

Effective October 1, 2008, code 777.5, Necrotizing enterocolitis in fetus or newborn, has been expanded to create separate codes to distinguish between severity of the disease, which has significant implications for the morbidity and mortality of the infant. Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) is a serious intestinal illness in babies. It is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in premature infants. Even with the best medical care, given the fragility of the patient population at risk, there will most likely be some minimum level of NEC expected. NEC can develop suddenly in a preterm infant who is otherwise well...

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