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Tip: Use new V codes for specific congenital malformation

APCs Insider, October 8, 2010

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For 2010, only one code captured the variety of congenital malformations (code V13.69). That code would be for most congenital malformations except hypospadias (code V13.61), which could affect many different systems. ICD-9-CM added specific codes for congenital malformation of a range of body systems, such as the nervous, respiratory, and digestive systems.

The new codes include:

  • V13.62, Personal history of other (corrected) congenital malformations of genitourinary system
  • V13.63, Personal history of (corrected) congenital malformations of nervous system
  • V13.64, Personal history of (corrected) congenital malformations of eye, ear, face, and neck
  • V13.65, Personal history of (corrected) congenital malformations of heart and circulatory system
  • V13.66, Personal history of (corrected) congenital malformations of respiratory system
  • V13.67, Personal history of (corrected) congenital malformations of digestive system
  • V13.68, Personal history of (corrected) congenital malformations of integument, limbs, and musculoskeletal systems

This tip was adapted from “Fewer new ICD-9-CM codes for 2011” in the October issue of Briefings on APCs.



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