tci Outpatient Facility Coding Alert - 2015 Issue 8

Reader Questions: Clear Calcific Band Keratopathy With 371.43

Question: I have a patient with extreme calcific band keratopathy. Is there a more specific ICD-9 code than 371.43 to use? Texas Subscriber Answer: Code 371.43 (Band-shaped keratopathy)  is the best ICD-9 code to use in this case; there is no more specific code to describe extreme calcific band keratopathy. Band keratopathy is a corneal disease marked by the appearance of a band of calcium on the central cornea, an example of metastatic calcification. ICD-10 update: Unsurprisingly, ICD-10 does add some specifics to the band-shaped keratopathy diagnosis, but does not include a code to describe the...

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