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2009 ICD-9 Fever Codes

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    Can someone clarify the new fever codes for me. "780.60 is for unspecifed fever and 780.61 is for fever presenting with conditions classified elsewhere."
    I am not quite clear on when to use the 780.61. Would I use it with pharngitis, strep, abdominal pain or what? ICD-9 lists more chronic type conditions under the 780.61, like leukemia,neutropenia, and sickle-cell disease.
    Thank you for the help and claification.

    Patty Bennetts

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    Default 780.60 vs. 780.61
    Chapter 16 information listed at the start of the chapter in my book states:

    "Code 780.6X (fever) includes 780.61, fever in conditions classified elsewhere, with a note stating to code the underlying condition. The note includes conditions such as leukemia and sickle-cell disease. Fever is not an integral part of either of these conditions; therefore it is reported as an additional diagnosis when present. There are specific codes for fever in certain situations: 780.62 postoperative; 780.63 postvaccination."

    I have been using 780.60 when coding fever with 462, 034.0 as necessary.

    Hope this helps

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    Smile also FYI
    Just thought I would also mention that you might get more replies if you post your diagnosis questions under the diagnosis forum - scroll down farther in the forum listings to medical coding - you will see listing for all types of specialties, diagnosis, E/M & general discussions. This forum is "Local Chapters - General Discussions" for discussions regarding local chapters.
    Last edited by lphillips; 12-15-2008 at 05:00 PM.

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