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    hi..i think i would just code the arrythemia in this case...but, patients defibrillator fired off and pat. came to hospital. There were no complications...just arrythmia...how would you code? thanks
    Laurie

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    I would code this as 996.04, complication of mechanical implant, cardiac AI defrbrillator. The pt would not have come in if the machine had not "fired off".

    Hope this helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swyty View Post
    I would code this as 996.04, complication of mechanical implant, cardiac AI defrbrillator. The pt would not have come in if the machine had not "fired off".

    Hope this helps.
    I'm curious as to why you would code this as a complication, the defib is set to fire at a certain range, why would this be a complication? It's doing what it's set to do. Your not the only one who would use this code, I've had discussions with others and they code the same thing. I have never been convinced it's a complication. Would appreciate your reply, would like to understand your reasoning. Thanks!

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