Wiki 281.9 Unspecified deficency anemia


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Good morning,

When do you use 281.9? I do not see any documentaiton to use this code. If I do not see any specifid deficiency anemia I code 285.9 . Some times my Physicians code 281.9 which I am not comfortable to change to 285.9 and not sure to accept that code either, without knowing the guidelines for 281.9

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The code would depend on the cause of the Anemia, was it due to a defiency or due to blood loss. 281.9 indicates it is related to a defiency such as nutritional or simple chronic and 285.9 relates to other causes of anemia, such as "postoperative anemia with no mention of blood loss" .

Hope this helps.