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    Default CHF with exacerbation

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    CHF is 428.0. The dx states "congestive heart failure exacerbation". I can't find a more detailed code to support the exacerbation....

    is there a code for this?

    Thank you

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    That's what I use also.

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    When you look up CHF in the front of your book
    Failure, Heart, congestive- Under congestive it states (compensated) (decompensated)
    Exacerbation basically means a worsening or a decompensation of an illness.
    So If no other specific info was provided then I use 428.0 as well when the physician lists it as CHF Exac.

    If you look under Failure , Heart, congestive, decompensated it gives you 428.0 just like the above does.
    I hope this helps and that I did not confuse you!

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    Thank you

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    I would choose the 428.0 code as well.

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