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What diagnosis code would you use?

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    Question What diagnosis code would you use?
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    What diagnosis would you use for "right foot collapsing pes planovalgus deformity with gastrocutaneous soleus equinus" if a podiatrist is performing the surgeries listed below?

    Procedures
    1. Right foot, Evans calcaneal osteotomy.
    2. Right foot, Cotton osteotomy.
    Last edited by shannfd; 07-15-2011 at 07:44 AM. Reason: changing notification options

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    Quote Originally Posted by shannfd View Post
    what diagnosis would you use for "right foot collapsing pes planovalgus deformity with gastrocutaneous soleus equinus" if a podiatrist is performing the surgeries listed below?

    Procedures
    1. Right foot, evans calcaneal osteotomy.
    2. Right foot, cotton osteotomy.
    736.79
    736.72

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    Exclamation The choice of DX depends on the deformity
    was acquired or congenital. Here are some you can review based on the documentation you have or can query the Doctor.

    754.51 Talipes equinovarus (congenital)
    754.60 Talipes valgus
    754.61 Congenital pes planus
    754.69-other- equinovalgus, planovalgus

    You will see the Acquired 736.xx, 734. xx.codes under the listed codes as (EXCLUDED)

    Hope this helps

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    Default what diagnosis code would you use?
    There is no indication in any of the previous office notes nor the operative report that this was congenital. The physician indicates the duration as 2 years. Based on this information, I would have coded the ICD-9 for this claim as:

    734 - Flat foot (Pes planus aquired)
    736.72 - Equinus deformity of foot, acquired

    Am I missing something?

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    For the pes planovalgus I would have used the 736.79 because 734 is just pes planus. the 736.79 is Other Acquired pes not elsewhere classified. For your procedure code 28300, the Osteotomy, it won't pay with the 734 code. You can look it up in the Podiatry coding companion for help.

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