Bernadette Posted Mon 29th of June, 2015 11:57:56 AM
What is the difference between ICD-9 codes
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
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".
Excludes: pes planu (acquired) then use ICD 734.
and for congenital use ICD 754.3-755.9.
Hope it helps!