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998.59 vs V45.89

rahammerl

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Can anyone explain to me when I should use 998.59 versus V45.89? Thanks!
 

mitchellde

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always look at the main category heading for more information for the code. 998 is the category for postoperative complications in the chapter for injury and poisoning.. it is for a patient documented as symptomatic with a post operative complication. V45 is the category for post operative status, these are patients that present postoperatively in an asymptomatic state, just for follow up.
 

rahammerl

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Thanks, Debra. I have another question pertaining to the V45.89. The description in the search engine I use states "Presence of neuropacemaker or other electronic device". Do you know if this code can only be used for cardiac-related issues?
 

mitchellde

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V45.89 is for Other post procedural state. the "presence of neuropacemaker or other electronic device" is not a part of the code descriptor but a clarification of what type of postprocedural state you are coding for. What are you needing exactly?
 

rahammerl

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I am coding for infectious diseases and the doctor is always stating s/p I&D or s/p other procedures. I have used both of these codes (998.59 and V45.89) before and am not sure which one I really should be using to code status post procedures. Thanks!
 
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