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Gastroenterology Coding Alert

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Is There Such A Condition As NERD? Find Out

Question: My physician’s notes indicated the patient, who was in for an EGD, has NERD. I’m not really sure what he means. What is the code for it? Colorado Subscriber Answer: NERD stands for nonerosive reflux disease. Essentially, it’s gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), or heartburn, without visible damage to the mucous membrane. The correct code to report NERD is K21.9 (Gastro-esophageal reflux [...]


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