AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS - 2015 Issue 3; Ask the Editor

Observation of Newborn for Suspected Sepsis Ruled Out

The physician documents “suspected sepsis” in a preterm newborn and treats the newborn with antibiotics for two days. The blood cultures are negative and sepsis is ruled out. The mother is without infectious disease. ICD-9-CM instructs the use of a code from category V29 Observation and evaluation of newborns and infants for suspected condition not found. What is the correct code in ICD-10-CM to capture a suspected infection in a newborn, ruled out, with a mother who does not have the infection? ...

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