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Use the Correct Postprocedural Code After a Respiratory System Procedure

Question: A patient came to the office with a post-tonsillectomy hemorrhage. Should we apply the tonsillitis diagnosis to it? Or is there an aftercare code that fits more appropriately? New Jersey Subscriber Answer: Neither of those will work in this situation. Instead, the correct code choice is J95.830 (Postprocedural hemorrhage of a respiratory system organ or structure following a respiratory system procedure). [...]