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Part B Insider (Multispecialty) Coding Alert

DIAGNOSIS CODING :

Snag Summer Tick-Related Case Diagnoses With Insect Fast Facts

Injury code hinges on venomous/non-venomous savvy -- and more. Think a tick is venomous? That error will land you with the wrong ICD-9 code(s). Get the scoop you need to nail all possible diagnoses for a tick removal or tick bite codes with this guide. GoWith 910-919 for Nonvenomous To support a tick bite or tick removal E/M or foreign body removal (FBR), the first diagnosis code you'll need is the injury code. In the ICD-9-CM index, if you look up "bite: insect," you're faced with a dilemma. Is a tick venomous or nonvenomous? "Ticks can infect you but they don't have venom like an ant mite," notes Jeffrey F. Linzer Sr., MD, associate medical director of compliance and business affairs for the division of pediatric emergency medicine, at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. That information lets you choose "bite: insect, nonvenomous," which directs you to the site-specific superficial injury codes [...]