Doesn't look like one exists yet; at least as of Nov/2009...
Do Not Resuscitate
While we have no objection to creating a unique code for â€śdo not resuscitate status,â€ť we question whether this code will be used consistently. Also, with the growing prevalence of electronic health records, this information will likely be captured electronically, rendering the need for an ICD-9-CM code unnecessary. Capturing this information electronically is a much more accurate, efficient, and cost-effective approach than requiring a coder to manually assign a code.
If the proposed code for â€śdo not resuscitate statusâ€ť is approved, the official coding guidelines should stipulate the documentation (i.e., physician order) that must be present in the medical record for the current encounter in order to assign the code. Also, a patientâ€™s do not resuscitate status may change during a hospital stay. If the proposed code is approved, guidance will be needed on the use of this code in these instances.
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