AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS - 2016 Issue 3

Sepsis Coding Issues

The AHA Central Office on ICD-10-CM/PCS has received a number of inquiries about the appropriate coding of “viral sepsis.” The following guidance has been developed to assist coders in classifying viral sepsis. Viral sepsis is a systemic infection caused by the presence of a virus in the blood. Although sepsis is most commonly caused by bacterial infection, it may also be caused by virus, fungi, and/or parasites. Assign code A41.89, Other specified sepsis, for a diagnosis of viral sepsis. Although codes in categories A30-A49 classify bacterial illnesses, ICD-10-CM does not provide a specific viral sepsis code...

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