BC Advantage - 2019 Issue 1

Q&A: Coding Mixed Cardiogenic and Septic Shock

Q: If the attending documented, "likely mixed cardiogenic and septic shock," can I assign codes R57.0 and R65.21?A: Refer to the documentation within the code book. If you open the book to the R57 code grouping (Shock not elsewhere classified) listed below there is an Excludes1 note. Remember, Excludes 1 notes instruct us that we cannot use codes from this grouping with those listed within the Excludes 1 note. Cardiogenic shock (R57.2) falls within this grouping. Also listed is R65.2 septic shock. Purely relying on the coding conventions, I would conclude that we...

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