Sepsis DX code

kumeena

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What is the code for Sepsis with Pneumonia & Sepsis due to Pneumonia?

How many codes I need ? 486 & 995.91 Is it correct?


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cblack712

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Sepsis due to pneumonia is coded 486 as the primary and 995.91 as the secondary so you have it correct!
 

cordelia

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The correct way to code this is

038.9 (if a specific organism is not identified as causing the sepsis), 995.91, 486

The coding guidelines state that you first must code the underlying systemic infection (038.xx, 112.5, etc) followed by the Sepsis code, 995.91 or Severe Sepsis, 995.92, then the underlying localized infection (pneumonia, cellulitis, or UTI).

Cordelia, CCS, CPC
 
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