AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-9 - 2011 Issue 4; VOLUMES 1 & 2 NEW/REVISED CODES

Respiratory and Digestive System Complications

Effective October 1, 2011, subcategory 997.3, Respiratory complications, has been expanded to create a new code, 997.32, Postprocedural aspiration pneumonia, to uniquely capture this condition and distinguish it from other respiratory complications. Code 997.32 includes chemical pneumonitis and Mendelson's syndrome when they result from a procedure. In addition, code 997.4, Digestive system complications, has also been expanded to create new code 997.41, Retained cholelithiasis following cholecystectomy. This code will allow the reporting of this situation which is not uncommon following laparoscopic cholecystectomy. The gallstones may fall into the abdominal cavity or the abdominal wall...

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