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Thread: PAD help please!!

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    New Port Richey & Clearwater

    Default PAD help please!!

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    I am having trouble with DX coding for PAD cases. The Doctor is only saying things like 'tissue breakdown of the feet'. (I have asked for more but I am not getting it) I have looked everywhere in the ICD9 the only breakdown codes pertain to dental. Does anyone have any suggestions & no the foot is not gangrenous.

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    Good morning,

    Once upon a time, the docs called this peripheral vascular disease and in recent years, changed the phrasing to peripheral artery disease. After a lengthy discussion with one of the vascular surgeons as well as with a cardiologist, it was mutually agreed that 443.9 (in the absence of more detailed information) best describes this condition.

    Hope this sheds a little light on the issue.


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    Apr 2007
    New Port Richey & Clearwater


    Yes it does I was looking at the 443.9 but didnt know if I had enough to use it. you are a lifesaver, thanks.

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    You are VERY welcome...these coding forums are certainly a wonderful asset.

    Have a great day

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