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icd 9 code

Melissa Posted Wed 05th of December, 2012 14:46:07 PM

here is impression: sepsis then thrush and candiduria pt with urinary incontinance. here are the codes i am using 99591 112.9 112.0 and 788.30? please advise

SuperCoder Answered Wed 05th of December, 2012 20:00:38 PM

First, you have to indicate the location of the candida infection, and then use 995.91 (Systemic inflammatory response syndrome due to infectious process without acute organ dysfunction) as your secondary code to indicate that it is a septic condition. Sepsis means the fungal infection has spread to the blood stream, which is why you also need to report 995.91.

Keep in mind: Code 112.9 denotes a candida infection of an unspecified site. If your physician has not given you more information, you can use this code, but clarifying with him the exact location would allow you to bill a more specific code, perhaps better supporting any services he performed.

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