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Coding ACS and or/unstable angina

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    Hi,

    I am a coding student and am confused by code 411.1.
    Is this always coded with 414.xx or only if there is an established (documented) CAD?

    Thanks,

    Don
    Last edited by donformica; 12-18-2009 at 09:55 AM. Reason: change icon

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    I found the following information in response to your question:

    Acute coronary syndrome and unstable angina are both coded as ICD-9-CM code 411.1. When the principal diagnosis is acute coronary syndrome in a patient with established coronary artery disease, the coder must report coronary artery disease as a principal diagnosis with a secondary diagnosis of unstable angina to comply with the 2009 Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting of Diagnoses for an inpatient claim.

    To see the complete article, go to http://www.acphospitalist.org/archiv.../07/coding.htm

    I hope this helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by abill_423 View Post
    I found the following information in response to your question:

    Acute coronary syndrome and unstable angina are both coded as ICD-9-CM code 411.1. When the principal diagnosis is acute coronary syndrome in a patient with established coronary artery disease, the coder must report coronary artery disease as a principal diagnosis with a secondary diagnosis of unstable angina to comply with the 2009 Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting of Diagnoses for an inpatient claim.

    To see the complete article, go to http://www.acphospitalist.org/archiv.../07/coding.htm

    I hope this helps.
    Thanks!!

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