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General Surgery Coding Alert


Expand Options for Newborn Respiratory Distress Syndrome

Fourth digit adds detail. No matter the details, you have just one code to describe newborn respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) under ICD-9 — 769 (Respiratory distress syndrome in newborn).   That will change once ICD-10 goes into effect on Oct. 1 this year.   Look for Detail   Although ICD-9 lists several distinct diagnoses that code 769 includes, the existing [...]