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    Question Coding viral illness

    Hello,

    Can anybody help me with this.

    Assesment includes pharyngitis, papules on ear and viral illness.

    My concern is whether we need to omit viral illness as code for viral illness(079.89) excludes pharyngitis(462) or can include viral illness as code for
    papules(709.8) is not excluding viral illness.

    Thanks.
    Last edited by preema; 05-30-2008 at 01:01 AM.

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    I would code 462, 709.8, 079.99 in that order, if that is the order in which the diagnoses are documented.

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    Thank you Lisa.

    For viral infection and viral syndrome we use the code 079.99. But we assign 078.89 for viral illness since in the alphabetic index, illness directs us to disease and disease viral is 078.89.

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    I would use 079.99 "unspecified viral infection" unless the type of virus is specified by the provider but there is no current ICD-9 for that specific virus - then I would use 079.89 "other specified viral infection".

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    Thank you Lisa for your information.

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