Go Back   AAPC Forum > Medical Coding > Gastroenterology
Forum Rules FAQ Members List Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Thread Tools
Old 03-30-2010, 12:08 PM
efuhrmann efuhrmann is offline
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 239
efuhrmann is on a distinguished road
Default fecal transplant?

Any takers or information on this? My infectious disease doc is asking about coding for this and I don't like the sound of it!
Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2010, 12:27 PM
vj_tiwari's Avatar
vj_tiwari vj_tiwari is offline
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: International Member
Posts: 215
vj_tiwari is on a distinguished road

Hey why don't you code for then pseudomembranous colitis or ulcerative colitis ?

Be'coz, Fecal bacteriotherapy, also known as fecal transfusion, fecal transplant, or human probiotic infusion (HPI), is a medical treatment for patients with pseudomembranous colitis (caused by Clostridium difficile), or ulcerative colitis which involves restoration of colon homeostasis by reintroducing normal bacterial flora from stool obtained from a healthy donor.

The procedure has been used to successfully cure C. difficile infections for a number of years, with a success rate of nearly 95% according to some sources. The benefits of fecal bacteriotherapy include reducing the risk of antibiotic-associated resistance, cost savings when compared to repeated courses of antibiotic therapy, and high success rate. It is still considered a "last resort" therapy due to the inherent risks involved and lack of Medicare coverage for donor stool screening and instillation procedure.

Hope this helps!
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Disclaimer: Although AAPC staff members will monitor these forums periodically, we cannot be responsible for the information posted herein, nor guarantee its accuracy. Our members may discuss various subjects related to medical coding, but none of the information should replace the independent judgment of a physician for any given health issue. Please note that the opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of AAPC.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:58 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.1
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ?2015, AAPC