AAPC - Back to school
Results 1 to 2 of 2

Thread: Need help coding diabetic retinopathy.

  1. #1

    Default Need help coding diabetic retinopathy.

    AAPC: Back to School
    Hi all, I am fairly new at this, so I appreciate your help. I work in an ambulatory surgery center.

    DX: Proliferative diabetic retinopathy with early traction retinal detachment of the macular.

    I coded diabeties (250.50), PDR (362.02) then Tractional Detatchment 361.81 in that order. I was told by the pt., the claim was paid less because of the order. He state the insurance company changed the order and will now pay more towards the claim.

    I think what he is trying to say is the Traction Detatchment should be coded first, but I don't know.

    Any input would be helpful as to which code is suppose to be first.

    Last edited by mhammy67; 04-28-2010 at 05:16 AM.

  2. #2


    Refer to your coding guidelines in the front of your ICD-9 book Chapter 3. You should always code the 250.XX first so you pt is crazy if they told you otherwise. You'll find the answer to that in that same chapter, point 4! Good Luck new coder!

Similar Threads

  1. Coding Diabetic Retinopathy in Resolved Diabetes
    By lgardner in forum Diagnosis Coding
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 08-21-2015, 04:35 PM
  2. diabetic retinopathy record review
    By Bissell in forum Medical Coding General Discussion
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 09-30-2014, 02:57 PM
  3. Diabetic Retinopathy coding help
    By vijaybonagiri in forum Auditing General Discussion
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 11-11-2013, 09:54 AM
  4. Coding Retinopathy of Prematurity Exams
    By leeannatk in forum Ophthalmology/Optometry
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 04-11-2012, 12:08 PM
  5. Coding Diabetic Retinopathy Vs. Diabetic CKD
    By Leily911 in forum Medical Coding General Discussion
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 01-07-2011, 09:45 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts

Enjoying Our Forums?

AAPC forums are a benefit of membership. Joining AAPC grants you unlimited access, allowing you to post questions and participate with our community of over 150,000 professionals.

Join Now Continue Reading Without Full Access

Already a Member?


Close Message

In addition to full participation on AAPC forums, as a member you will be able to:

  • Access to the largest healthcare job database in the world.
  • Join over 150,000 members of the healthcare network in the world.
  • Be a part of an industry leading organization that drives the business side of healthcare.
  • Save anywhere from 10%-50% with exclusive member discounts on courses, books, study materials, and conferences.
  • Access to discounts at hundreds of restaurants, travel destinations, retail stores, and service providers. AAPC members also have opportunities to save on heath, life, and liability insurance.
  • Become a member of a local chapter and attend regular meetings.