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    When is it appropriate to use i46.9, instead of z86.74. The patient was successfully resuscitated on admission day to the hospital. I'm coding for the physicians who followed up with the patient during the admission.

    Thank you very much.


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    Hi L
    I would not use Z86.74 since this just happen to the patient,but if you use it use =it as alst dx code. Z86.74 is NOT a first listed dx. code. You can assign I46.9 dx the first dx on your claim if the physician listed this .You can use unspecific in inpatient setting but OP setting should use a better dx code not unspecified. The block dx. of I46 in the ICD10 manual states to add underlying code. Did the physician give you this in his documentation or explain why patient had Cardiac Arrest?

    Good Luck!

    Lady T

  3. Default Coding for cardiac arrest
    Lady T,

    I could not find a cause of the cardiac arrest in the documentation. MD listed it as one of the dx with statement that py was successfully resuscitated on admission day.

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