End-stage arthritis

nabernhardt

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could this be coded as osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease using the 715 category?

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mkmgt001

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Yes, as far as I can see, there is no code for "end-stage arthritis" of any form (osteo, rheumatoid, etc), so you should code the specific type of arthritis.
 

nabernhardt

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thank you but if it doesn't say the type just arthritis with the end-stage in front
do we have to use 716.9
or can we use the 715.9
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715.9 is specifically for osteoarthrosis, so in my opinion, you should go with 716.9 (Arthropathy, unspecified). If you work in a provider's office, you might want to ask the physician for additional information on this pt's condition though...if that's an option. Hope that helps!

Mary Kittredge, CPC, MA
 
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