non-verbal icd-10 code

dukemell

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non-verbal dx for an 80 yr old in a nursing home. Not sure in this is a speech issue or psych issue. What code would you use?
 
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I also would like to know if there is an icd10 code for non-speaking English patients. A family member or friend is with the patient to translate, but would like to be able to add this diagnosis to claim .
 

thomas7331

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There is no code specifically for a non-verbal patient - the physician would need to document a more specific symptom, cause or relevant medical problem under evaluation or treatment to support a code.

There is also no code for a patient who does not speak English. A patient's inability to speak the same language as the physician, or vice versa, is not a medical problem and not a diagnosis.
 
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