ICD Q & A

Ask the Experts: Aug. 10, 2015

Q: A patient is admitted with bacteremia and the labs show E. coli infection in the patient's port. Is infection due to vascular device the primary diagnosis? 996.62?

A: I would recommend diagnosis code 996.32 bloodstream infection due to central venous catheter (port-a-cath) because this is the most specific code that applies to this condition.  However, from what is stated below, there is not enough MD documentation to support the link between the port and the infection as lab results are not a valid source of documentation on which to base diagnosis codes.  Before assigning the above-recommended complication code, there must be physician documentation specifying the link between the infection and the port.  I enjoyed answering your question and I hope that this advice assists you.
Thanks,
 
Christina Benjamin, MA, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P
AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer
Coding Quality Auditor
Conifer Health Solutions

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