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    Is it ok to use ICD9 cellulitis codes without the additional organism code?

    I have a provider that NEVER gives the organism, he only gives the diagnosis as cellulitis. I have used 041.9, Bacterial Infection, unspecified in the past and am now being told to only code the cellulitis w/o the organism if none is supplied.

    Which is the correct way to code this scenario? Without the organism or with 041.9 ?


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    I have never used the organism if one was not given.

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    Default cellulitis

    I only code the organism if it's known.
    Anna Weaver, CPC, CPMA, CEMC
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    Default Cellulitis

    682 Other cellulitis and abscess
    Use additional code to identify organism, such as Staphylococcus (041.1)
    Abscess (acute)
    Cellulitis (diffuse) - (with lymphangitis) Expect of finger or toe
    Lymphangitis, acute - (with lymphangitis) Expect of finger or toe
    682.9 Cellulitis and abscess of unspecified site
    Abscess NOS
    Lymphangitis, acute NOS
    Cellulitis NOS

    So, we can go with 682.9. If the Organism is not Specified
    Thyagarajan Munuswamy CPC CCS

    "Man needs his difficulties because they are necessary to enjoy success".
    ABDUL KHALAM - Former President of INDIA

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