In Coding
Mar 9th, 2018
When assigning diagnosis codes for hypertension (HTN), there is an presumed causal relationship between hypertension and heart involvement, and between hypertension and kidney involvement. The ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting (I.C.9) instruct, “These conditions should be coded as related even in the absence of provider documentation explicitly linking them, unless the document...
In Coding
Feb 21st, 2018
A hypertensive crisis is a severe increase in blood pressure that can lead to stroke, organ damage, heart attack, and more. The Mayo Clinic defines extreme high blood pressure as  “a top number (systolic pressure) of 180 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) or higher or a bottom number (diastolic pressure) of 120 mm Hg or ...
In Audit
Aug 30th, 2017
One week after the release of the 2018 ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the agency released an errata with updated rules for diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and principal diagnosis. And while some publishers, like AAPC, were able to put their ICD-10-CMs to press with the new guidelines, it was too ...
In Coding
Aug 2nd, 2016
Hypertensive heart disease refers to a group of disorders that includes heart failure, ischemic heart disease, and left ventricular hypertrophy. It is the number one cause of death associated with high blood pressure. Documentation must state (heart failure due to hypertension) or imply a causal relationship (hypertensive heart failure) to assign a code from category ...
Dec 1st, 2014
The ICD-9-CM hypertension table is eliminated and more concise codes capture the “silent killer.” by Rhonda Buckholtz, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CENTC, CGSC, COBGC, CPEDC According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hypertension affects one in three adults in the United States, or approximately 68 million people. It contributes to one out of ...