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281.9 Unspecified deficency anemia

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    Default 281.9 Unspecified deficency anemia
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    Good morning,

    When do you use 281.9? I do not see any documentaiton to use this code. If I do not see any specifid deficiency anemia I code 285.9 . Some times my Physicians code 281.9 which I am not comfortable to change to 285.9 and not sure to accept that code either, without knowing the guidelines for 281.9

    Thank you
    Last edited by kumeena; 03-19-2012 at 08:55 AM.

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    The code would depend on the cause of the Anemia, was it due to a defiency or due to blood loss. 281.9 indicates it is related to a defiency such as nutritional or simple chronic and 285.9 relates to other causes of anemia, such as "postoperative anemia with no mention of blood loss" .

    Hope this helps.
    Manager, SIU

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    Thank you Evelyn

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