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Outpatient Facility Coding Alert

ICD-10 Transition:

Breathe Easy, the Transition for Lymphadenopathy in ICD-10 Is a Breeze

Check your note carefully for important details. If you come across notes from the otolaryngologist about “lymphadenopathy,” it means the patient has an abnormal enlargement of lymph nodes. Diagnosis coding under ICD-9 points you to 785.6 (Enlargement of lymph nodes). The code also applies to the term “swollen glands,” and excludes lymphadenitis. ICD-10 changes: You will switch to R59.9 (Enlarged lymph [...]

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