AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-9 - 2011 Issue 1; Clarifications

Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (SIRS) Due to Pancreatitis

We are requesting clarification of the advice published in First Quarter 2010, page 10, in which coders were instructed to assign code 995.93, Systemic inflammatory response syndrome due to noninfectious process without acute organ dysfunction for SIRS due to a noninfectious condition, such as pancreatitis. Since the etiology of pancreatitis can either be infectious or noninfectious, shouldn't the provider be queried? Could Coding Clinic clarify this issue further? ...

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