tci Outpatient Facility Coding Alert - 2016 Issue 2

Reader Question: F01-F03 Codes Frame Your Dementia Choices

Question: How should we code dementia in ICD-10? Florida Subscriber Answer: Codes for dementia are located in categories F01-F03 in ICD-10-CM. The categories available are: F01 – Vascular dementia F02 – Dementia in other diseases classified elsewhere F03 – Unspecified dementia. Each category for dementia requires providers to specify whether the patient has behavioral disturbances. For example, you have two code choices for vascular dementia: without behavioral disturbance (F01.50) and with behavioral disturbance (F01.51). The ICD-10-CM Manual includes synonymous terms for behavioral disturbances such as aggressive, combative, or violent behavior. Physicians use many screening tests to determine...

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