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Icd 9 code for infection due to external fixation device

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    Default Icd 9 code for infection due to external fixation device
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    WOULD YOU USE THE CODE 996.67 OR ANOTHER CODE.

    996.67 IS FOR INFECTION AND INFLAMMATORY REACTION DUE TO INTERNAL ORTHOPEDIC DEVICE, IMPLANT, AND GRAFT.

    THE HEADING UNDER 996.6 STATES: DUE TO THE PRESENCE OF ANY DEVICE IMPLANT, AND GRAFT CLASSIFIABLE TO 996.0-996.5

    996.4 INCLUDES EXTERNAL FIXATION DEVICE UTILIZING INTERNAL SCREWS PINS OR OTHER METHODS OF FIXATION.

    OPINIONS.
    Tina Wosmek CPC, COSC

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    i thought all external devices were fixated using internal pins and screw so i would say go with 996.4

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    Yes, these were. It was not a mechanical failure though which is what the 996.4 group is for .
    I am just looking for agreement or disagreement I guess for using the 996.67 code. I can't really find anything definiative as to what to use the infection caused by the fixator.
    Tina Wosmek CPC, COSC

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    yes but if u look up infection due to device in the front it directs u to these codes

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    You may be reading it incorrectly. it states
    Infection
    due to or resulting from
    device, implant, or graft (any)(presence of)--see Complications,infections and inflammation, due to (presence of) anyu device, implant, or graft classified to 996.0-996.5 NEC

    not to use 996.0-996.5

    if you look under complications; infection and inflammation; due to any device, implant or graft classified to 996.0-996.5--it is further indented and you get options of the following:

    joint prosthesis, internal-996.66
    orthopedic NEC-996.67
    orthopedic NEC-joint, internal-996.66


    Which leads me to believe to use 996.67.
    Tina Wosmek CPC, COSC

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