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    Question Coding Carotid Plaque...

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    As per the ACR Coding Guidelines,
    Coding ICD-9cm for Bilateral Carotid Plaque was 433.10,433.30
    but we do have some updates to code as only 433.30 for the condition.
    can any one give your insight on this?

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    Carotid, basilar, and vertebral, by and large, belong to the group of PRECEREBRAL ARTERIES.
    when the occlusion occurs in an individual artery , the corresponding code is appropriate. For eg, single carotid artery, I would assign 433.10.
    If it invloves both sides ( bilateral), or in multiples, I would assign 433.30.
    This seeme to be appropriate and reasonable clinically, and risk adjustment group categorization too.
    Thank you for the opportunity to ponder

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