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    Dear All,

    Like 402 code selection – Hypertensive heart disease is there a casual relationship required for diabetes code:

    Scenario # 1: If the document states diabetes and neuropathy does it qualify for 250.4X, 583.81 or 250.0X, 583.81
    Scenario # 2: If the document states diabetic neuropathy or diabetes with neuropathy – 250.4X, 583.81.

    Please refer section I.A.6 and clarify the question.

    Thanks in advance!
    Sivaraj Ramesh CPC,

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    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Stuart, Florida


    First, I wanted to point out that you are coding nephropathy and not neuropathy. In scenario #1, written exactly as you have it, diabetes and neuropathy would be coded 250.00 and 355.9. Diabetes and nephropathy would be coded 250.00 and 583.9.

    In scenario #2, written exactly as you have it, diabetic neuropathy and/or diabetes with neuropathy is to be coded as 250.60 and 357.2. Diabetic nephropathy and/or diabetes with nephropathy is to be coded 250.40 and 583.81.

    Hope this helps to clarify things for you!
    Vanessa Mier, CPC

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    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    St. Louis West, MO


    According to the Coding Clinic "with" only works to show causal relationship in the case of diabetes with peripheral neuropathy (250.60, 357.2). For the rest, you must show causal relationship (examples: diabetes with diabetic nephropathy or diabetes with diabetic cataracts) in order to code manifestations.

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