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    Hello. Does anyone know how to code "deconditioned state"?

    Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brittany1356 View Post
    Hello. Does anyone know how to code "deconditioned state"?

    Thank you.
    In relation to what?
    Arlene J. Smith, CPC, CPMA, CEMC, COBGC

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    With geriatric patients I often see the term "deconditioned", the closest I come is debility. Really the provider should be queried. Generally overall deconditioning is debility, but I think you have to determine the context....as Arlene asked. Muscular atrophy is a possibility.
    Melissa Tescher, CPC, CPMA, CEMC Compliance and Coding Specialist
    Willamette Valley Professional Services member National Advisory Board 2013-2015

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    I use V69.0

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    V69.0 is what I use

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    We use 799.3 debility.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amsmith View Post
    We use 799.3 debility.
    The definition for deconditioned is: to cause to lose physical fitness; whereas the definition of debility is: the state of being weak or feeble. There is a difference in what the patient's actual physical state is...so need some clarfication before giving the patient a condition they don't have.
    Arlene J. Smith, CPC, CPMA, CEMC, COBGC

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    I agree with Arlene. I have been told numerous times to use the debility code for a "deconditioning" diagnosis, (but NEVER the V code) and I do not necessarily agree. I usually query to provider to be more specific, as Arlene suggests. I see this diagnosis mostly with swingbed patients and we are trying to convince our docs to be more specifi.

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    We see this dx a lot in our rehabilitation facilty and we always use 799.3 for debility.

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