AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS - 2016 Issue 4; Ask the Editor

Osteoarthritis of Left Knee

A patient is admitted for a total knee replacement due to osteoarthritis of the left knee. It appears that the index entries for osteoarthritis of most sites leads to the primary osteoarthritis (OA) codes. However, when coding osteoarthritis of the knee, we are led to an unspecified osteoarthritis code. Why is the coding of OA of the knee different than other sites? What is the correct code assignment for OA of the left knee? ...

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