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Flat Foot ICD-9 codes

Bernadette Posted Mon 29th of June, 2015 11:57:56 AM


What is the difference between ICD-9 codes 734 and 736.79? I am a bit confused.

SuperCoder Answered Tue 30th of June, 2015 01:59:40 AM

In ICD-734 is for flat foot, which clear deformity mentioned. And ICD-736.79 is for other acquired deformities of ankle and foot means the acquired deformity which is not present in ICD-9-CM, for that other deformity ICD can be used.

Bernadette Posted Tue 30th of June, 2015 10:20:18 AM

Thank you.

So 736.79 would not be used if the a patient is diagnosed with pes planu or talipes planus - 734 would be the appropriate for these diagnoses, correct?

SuperCoder Answered Wed 01st of July, 2015 02:41:09 AM

Well, yes, if it clearly mentioned the conditions, then you will not use 736.79 for the deformity. If you check the detailed description of the ICD-9 code 736.79, it clearly says- "Other acquired deformities of ankle and foot".

pes- NEC
talipes- NEC
Excludes: pes planu (acquired) then use ICD 734.
and for congenital use ICD 754.3-755.9.

Hope it helps!

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