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Compatiable Condition coding

Apurva Posted Tue 26th of November, 2019 06:49:16 AM
In Report documented as " Grade B esophagitis in the gastroesophageal junction compatible with mild distal esophagitis." Can we bill for Grade B esophagitis ( K20.8 )
SuperCoder Answered Wed 27th of November, 2019 09:28:55 AM

Hi Apurva,

Thank you for asking question.

It is apprpriate to use K20.8 (other esophagitis) for Grade B esophagitis. Feel free to ask for any further query.

Apurva Posted Thu 28th of November, 2019 00:59:14 AM
As it is mentioned with the term Compatible is it appropriate to bill K20.8 OR need to bill Other esophagitis
SuperCoder Answered Fri 29th of November, 2019 02:35:55 AM

Hi Apurva,

Since there is no separate billable code for mild or grade B esophagitis, so we will stick to ICD-10 K20.8 (other esophagitis.)

In this code other esophagitis means esophagitis which includes abscess of esophagus but is not limited to.

Also, we cannot use K20.9 (esophagitis, unspecified) because the type of esophagitis is mentioned in your documentation. Hope it helps.


Apurva Posted Mon 02nd of December, 2019 23:17:30 PM
Thank You for the information ,need clarification as to whether can we bill K22.8 (OTHER SPECIFIED DISEASES OF ESOPHAGUS ) as the condition states compatible
SuperCoder Answered Tue 03rd of December, 2019 07:10:28 AM

As per ICD-10 index, it is correct to bill >K20.8 (other esophagitis), as it will direct us to the same code for Grade B esophagitis in the gastroesophageal junction compatible with mild distal esophagitis.

Thank you.

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