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DX code for "Loose Stools" ?

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    Cool DX code for "Loose Stools" ?
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    I have a question for all you out there in coding land. One of our docs seems to constantly diagnose someone with "loose stools". I have been using 787.99 for change in bowel habits, but I would like a second opinion and see how others might be coding this. Thank you.

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    I also use 787.99

    Julie, CPC

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    Thanks for the 2nd opinion !!

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    "loose stools" is a synonym for diarrhea - I use 787.91
    Donna, CPC, CPC-H

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    Diarrhea is loose/watery stools occuring more than 3x within 24 hr period. In absence of that information and only loose stools indicated on record I code 787.99.

    Julie, CPC
    Last edited by jdrueppel; 06-07-2009 at 08:56 PM. Reason: spelling error

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    shall we code this as 787.7
    Joseph Amalraj Antonisamy CPC-H

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    I have to admit, I like 787.7 best just for the documentation issue mentioned above. There is no evidence of a change in bowel habits.

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    I also use 787.99 Other (does not specifically state change in bowel habits, just mentioned under the code)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdrueppel View Post
    Diarrhea is loose/watery stools occuring more than 3x within 24 hr period. In absence of that information and only loose stools indicated on record I code 787.99.

    Julie, CPC
    Julie, where does it say diarrhea is "more than 3x within a 24 hr period"?? I don't have that in my ICD-9 - it's the Ingenix 2009 expert version.

    THANKS!
    Donna, CPC, CPC-H

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    From the 2009 Diagnosis Coders desk reference: 787.91 Diarrhea - loose, copious stools.

    I think 787.91 is better (just my opinion)



    Quote Originally Posted by quinnwebb View Post
    I have a question for all you out there in coding land. One of our docs seems to constantly diagnose someone with "loose stools". I have been using 787.99 for change in bowel habits, but I would like a second opinion and see how others might be coding this. Thank you.

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