Definition of Renal
Renal: Having to do with the kidney. From the Latin renes (the kidneys),
While I agree it would be awesome if doctors used only terms in the ICD-9 book, that is a dream that will never come true! And quite frankly an unreasonable one with the way dx are listed in ICD-9 compared to the way we speak.
Good example of a similar code situation, patient is riding their bike wrecks and gets hurt. You need an E code to avoid getting rejected by insurance for auto info.
E826.1 Pedal cycle accident injuring pedal cyclist
We all know this means bike, but based on your co-workers logic you couldn't use this code.
Just my thoughts,
Laura, CPC, CEMC
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