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Otolaryngology Coding Alert

ICD-10:
Don't Be Disturbed by New Code Options for Dry Mouth

ICD-10 adds one more option for consideration.  Xerostomia, or dry mouth, is a condition in which the salivary glands don’t produce enough saliva to keep the mouth wet. Dry mouth can cause difficulties in tasting, chewing, swallowing, and speaking, and may cause infections of the mouth.  Current coding: When using the ICD-9-CM code set, you report 527.7 (Disturbance of salivary [...]

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