Cardiomyopathy due to viral infection

Sarahmk

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patient was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, due to a viral infection in the past. Obviously, the viral infection has since cleared, however, the cardiomyopathy still persists. Provider wants to use code "cardiomyopathy in diseases classified elsewhere." I don't know how to code that since the viral infection is gone. Any suggestions?
 

Palmtoptiger

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Hi,

If i'm the coder and the documentation did not mention any definite cause or type of cardiomyopathy, I would use I42.9, Cardiomyopathy, unspecified.

There are a lot of factors that may contribute to having that condition. Possibly in the past it is due to viral infection. However, on that encounter, the physician did not give a confirmed reason.


Thanks,
 
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