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    Smile pouchitis

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    Does anyone know what dx code would be used for a patient with "pouchitis?" I can't seem to find a dx code for this, am I correct in thinking there is no code and this would be billed as colitis? Our physicians will occassionally perform pouchoscopies (44385, 44386) and give a dx of pouchitis.
    Last edited by Colliemom; 07-09-2009 at 09:15 AM.

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    I work for a pathology group. and occasionally we get path reports with a diagnosis of pouchitis. What I have learned from our pathologist is that a pouch is usually made from some part of the intestine; either small bowel or large bowel, so inflammation of that pouch would either be classified as enteritis or colitis, depending on which part of the intestine it was formed from.

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    Pouchitis has been assigned an ICD-9 code effective 10/1/09. Its code will be 569.71. All the new, revised and deleted ICD-9 codes effective 10/1/09 are listed at: http://www.cms.hhs.gov/ICD9ProviderD....asp#TopOfPage

    I know that doesn't help you now, but we've needed this code added to ICD-9 for many years.
    Jenny Berkshire, CPC, CEMC, CGIC

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    Default Pouchitis

    We use inflammation of ilial reservoir 558.9

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