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Patient presents to ED with peritonitis s/p 1 week hysterectomy.
Would 998.89 be correct code?
Thanks for any help.
It will depend on how it is documented. The Oct 1 2011 coding guidelines states that the provider must document that it is a complication.
18. Documentation of Complications of care
Code assignment is based on the provider’s documentation of the relationship between the condition and the care or procedure. The guideline extends to any complications of care, regardless of the chapter the code is located in. It is important to note that not all conditions that occur during or following medical care or surgery are classified as complications. There must be a cause-and-effect relationship between the care provided and the condition, and an indication in the documentation that it is a complication. Query the provider for clarification, if the complication is not clearly documented.