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ICD 10 Coding Alert

General Surgery:

5 K38 ICD-10 Codes Expand ICD-9 Appendicitis Specificity

Some conditions gets one-to-one crosswalk. When your surgeon removes an appendix, you'll have more specific diagnosis code choices under ICD-10, effective Oct. 1, 2013. Distinguish 'Other' and 'Unspecified' Coding for acute appendicitis will change as follows, from ICD-9 to ICD-10: 540.0 -- Acute appendicitis with generalized peritonitis becomes K35.2 with an identical definition 540.1 -- Acute appendicitis with peritoneal abscess becomes K35.3 (Acute appendicitis with localized peritonitis) 540.9 -- Acute appendicitis without peritonitis leads to two possible ICD-10 codes: K35.80 (Unspecified acute appendicitis) or K35.89 (Other acute appendicitis). ICD-10 provides a similar distinction between "other" and "unspecified" for the following ICD-9 to ICD-10 crosswalks: 541 -- Appendicitis unqualified crosswalks to K37 (Unspecified appendicitis) 542 -- Other appendicitis crosswalks to K36 (Other appendicitis). Find More Choices for Other Appendix Conditions Although you'll find a one-to-one crosswalk for appendix hyperplasia (543.0, Hyperplasia of appendix [lymphoid] to K38.0, Hyperplasia of appendix), ICD-10 provides many more specific codes for [...]

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