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Help w/ DX code

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    Medical Coding Books
    Could use some help in finding a DX for: failed response to permanent spinal cord stimulator. Ive been searching and just can't come up w/ anything that would seem appropriate. Tried looking in the 996. Help would be appreciated

    Thank you

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    Albany, New York
    What about 996.2?
    Karen Maloney, CPC
    Data Quality Specialist

  3. #3
    North Carolina
    Like Karen, that is one that we use. We also use 996.63 when the patient's condition deteriorates due to an inflammatory reaction to the implant, rather than a mechanical complication of the device.

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    'Failed response' to a stimulator doesn't clarify if there is a complication of the device. If there is no documented complication of the device I would code the condition the patient originally received the stimulator for along with code V45.89 for presence of the device. Good Luck.

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