The coding guidelines you quoted in relation to the CKD/HTN is correct in that there is an assumed relationship with or without the doctor saying so or making that connection. You would therefore have to code them together. In respect of the DM, the doctor would specifically have to indicate that there is a relationship between the DM and CKD. In the absence of any documentation from the doctor to indicate the link, you would have to code it as a stand alone code.
It would be a good idea to query the doctor, just to satifsy yourself that there is/isn't a connection between the two diseases.
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