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    How many of you are using 401.0 for "uncontrolled hypertension"?

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    Uncontrolled HTN is always coded as 401.9, see the guidelines for coding and reporting of dx.

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

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    There is no controlled or uncontrolled unfortunately.

    Malignant hypertension, 401.0, is a life threatening condition. It is fatal if untreated.

    Benign, 401.1, is the most common type.

    Unless one of the above 2 is specifically stated by the provider you must default to 401.9, Unspecified.

    So you could have a patient with benign htn that is uncontrolled and the code would be 401.1.

    Laura, CPC

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    But that is the physician must document benign HTN. If the only doc is uncontrolled HTN then it is coded as 401.9.

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

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