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PPV: Go back to the source when coding secondary diabetes

APCs Insider, December 12, 2008

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New codes for secondary diabetes became effective October 1. Coder understanding of the origin of secondary diabetes is important because it can help ensure coding compliance. The American Diabetes Association advises coders to be on the lookout for the eight specific causes of secondary diabetes.

When a physician documents one of these diagnoses with a consideration of diabetes, remember the possible relationships between the two and do not automatically assign a 250.xx code for diabetes mellitus.

Click here to learn more about coding secondary diabetes. Briefings on Coding Compliance Strategies subscribers have free access to this article in the November issue via their online subscriptions.



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