tci Outpatient Facility Coding Alert - 2014 Issue 9

ICD-10 Update: Focus on Obstruction for Successful Acute Laryngitis Coding

Don’t miss the change to separate code families under ICD-10.  Part of the physical exam for diagnosing acute laryngitis includes looking for the presence or absence of obstruction. That single detail can help guide your diagnosis selection under ICD-9. If there is no obstruction, you assign 464.00 (Acute laryngitis; without obstruction). If an obstruction is present, you assign 464.01 (Acute laryngitis; with obstruction).  Both codes apply to patients with several types of laryngitis: Edematous laryngitis Hemophilus influenzae laryngitis Pneumococcal laryngitis Septic laryngitis Suppurative laryngitis Ulcerative laryngitis. Diagnoses 464.00 and 464.01 also apply...

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