coding I50 series HELP

misstigris

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We are recieving rejections for these codes due to it needing a primary dx.
In the ICD-10 book it states:
"code first:- and gives examples"

Is this really no longer a stand along code? or is this stating that if the patient has one of these conditions listed, it must be coded first and then the I50 code?

I have taken this to several of the physicians in my practice, and they are stating that they do not know or have enough information to select another code as a primary
 

aimeeread

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Yes, these are stand alone codes...unless it's stated otherwise.

For example, if the doctor states that the patient has hypertensive heart failure, you'd code I11.0 (hypertensive heart disease with heart failure) and the appropriate I50 code.

The "code first" note only applies in that condition is present as well.
 
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