Benign hypertension is Essential hypertension that runs a relatively long and symptomless course.
Malignant hypertension is characterized by rapidly rising blood pressure, usually in excess of 140 mm Hg diastolic with findings of visual impairment and symptoms or signs of progressive cardiac failure.
ICD-9 official guidelines offer a key rule for compliant HTN coding. When reporting codes from 401.x, you must choose a fourth digit to complete the code: "malignant (.0), benign (.1), or unspecified (.9). Do not use either .0 malignant or .1 benign unless medical record documentation supports such a designation."
That guideline means that if the physician documents only "hypertension" as the diagnosis (without stating benign or malignant), your only compliant choice is 401.9 (Essential hypertension; unspecified). Although benign HTN is far more common than malignant HTN, you shouldn’t assume any patient’s HTN is benign when you choose your code.
also go through:- http://blogs.hcpro.com/icd-10/2010/0...tension-codes/
- ICD-10 Trainings
- Comprehensive Courses
- CPC (Certified Professional Coder)
- COC (Certified Outpatient Coder)
- CIC (Certified Inpatient Coder) NEW!
- CRC (Certified Risk Adjustment Coder) NEW!
- CPB (Certified Professional Biller)
- CPMA (Certified Professional Medical Auditor)
- CDEO (Certified Documentation Expert – Outpatient) NEW!
- CPPM (Certified Physician Practice Manager)
- CPCO (Certified Professional Compliance Officer)
- VIEW ALL CERTIFICATIONS
Coding / Billing Solutions
- Audit / Compliance Solutions
Job Experience / Apprentice Removal
News / Discussion
- Other Resources
- Book Store
- Log In / Join