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Old 10-29-2010, 10:15 AM
caromissunc1 caromissunc1 is offline
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Default Icd-9 code help

Am working on pre-approval for a cysto w/ ureteral stent removal.
what is the appropriate ICD-9 code for a retained ureteral catheter? Or patient encounter for removal of ureteral stent?
Any help would be appreciated!
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Old 10-29-2010, 04:21 PM
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Default dx for removal of stent

Assuming it was being removed not due to a complication, how about V53.6? When looking up removal, it states see also fitting of. This is the one we use when there is no mechanical, infectious or other complication.

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Old 10-29-2010, 09:06 PM
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What about V54.01 - Encounter for removal of internal fixation Device.
But these categories are not primary diagnosis
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Old 10-30-2010, 06:01 AM
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When I think of internal fixation devices, I think ortho (plates, screws, rods, etc.) and the ICD-9 guidelines state the V54 category to be orthopedic codes. I agree with V53.6.
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Old 11-01-2010, 07:16 AM
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What about 939.9?
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Old 04-11-2012, 09:36 AM
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What about v55.6? Stents are artificial openings, and this code includes removal or replacement
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