AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-9 - 2012 Issue 1

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The patient was transferred to the long term care hospital (LTCH) following a lengthy hospitalization for sepsis and acute respiratory failure. She was transferred to the LTCH for further intravenous antibiotic treatment and management of her multiple medical problems including resolving coagulase-negative staphylococcus sepsis, and respiratory failure. Since the sepsis is resolving would it be appropriate to code sepsis as the principal diagnosis? The ICD-9-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting do not address this issue. ...

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