Conventions for the ICD -9 CM
See-Section 1 A 5. other and unspecified codes.
Other and Unspecified codes
Codes titled â€śotherâ€ť or â€śother specifiedâ€ť are for use when the information in the medical record provides detail for which a specific code does not exist. Index entries with NEC in the line designate â€śotherâ€ť codes in the Tabular. These Index entries represent specific disease entities for which no specific code exists so the term is included within an â€śotherâ€ť code.
b. â€śUnspecifiedâ€ť codes
Codes (usually a code with a 4th digit 9 or 5th digit 0 for diagnosis codes) titled â€śunspecifiedâ€ť are for use when the information in the medical record is insufficient to assign a more specific code.
You'll find the codes highlighted in VOL 1(Unspecified & other specified.) 789.00 & 789.09
So if record provides specifc anatomic documentation, we'll assign 789.01 & 789.04 NOT 789.09.
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