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401 essential HTN versus 402, 403, 404, 405

  1. Unhappy Help! 401 essential HTN versus 402, 403, 404, 405
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    Hello,

    Can someone clarify this for me? In the ICD-9 book in the Hypertension section it says near the essential HTN codes:

    OGCR Section I.C.7.a.1 – Assign hypertension (arterial), (essential), (systemic), (NOS), to category code 401 with appropriate fourth digit to indicate malignant (.0), benign (.1), or unspecified (.9). *Do not use either .0 malignant or .1 benign unless medical record documentation supports such a designation.
    My question is does this *rule also apply to the other HTN codes 402, 403, 404, 405?

    I will also post this in the Cardiology section...

    Thank you soooo much
    Last edited by Love Coding!; 01-25-2012 at 11:58 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dscoder74 View Post
    Hello,

    Can someone clarify this for me? In the ICD-9 book in the Hypertension section it says near the essential HTN codes:

    OGCR Section I.C.7.a.1 – Assign hypertension (arterial), (essential), (systemic), (NOS), to category code 401 with appropriate fourth digit to indicate malignant (.0), benign (.1), or unspecified (.9). *Do not use either .0 malignant or .1 benign unless medical record documentation supports such a designation.
    My question is does this *rule also apply to the other HTN codes 402, 403, 404, 405?

    I will also post this in the Cardiology section...

    Thank you soooo much
    Anyone? Please?

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    as far as assignment of benign vs malignant? yes it applies across the board to all hypertension codes. I cannot wait for ICD-10 CM when this will no longer be an issue!

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

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    Quote Originally Posted by mitchellde View Post
    as far as assignment of benign vs malignant? yes it applies across the board to all hypertension codes. I cannot wait for ICD-10 CM when this will no longer be an issue!
    Thank you so much! I know how you feel.. ICD-10 can't come soon enough..
    Have a great evening!

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