In patient ICD-9 Coding

AMettler

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I am new with inpatient coding. I know the new ICD-9 codes take effect 10/01/08, but if the inpatient stay begins 9/27/08 and ends 10/05/08, do you use the 2008 codes or the 2009? Does present on admission mean that one would use the codes effective on the date of admission?
 

junebug1969

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That sounds right to me as well since typically that is when you know the discharge diagnosis, procedures, etc.

I don't have any documentation to back this up, but that would be my best guess.
 

kevbshields

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Diagnostic codes are used based on the date of discharge.

If you have a good ICD-9, it should be stated in the guidelines.

Good luck & hope this helps.
 
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