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Q&A: Coding other bipolar disorder

JustCoding News: Inpatient, September 26, 2012

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Q: I have a question about coding bipolar disorder. When can I report ICD-9-CM code 296.89 (other bipolar disorder)?

A: I reviewed the ICD-9-CM Manual to identify the terms associated with code 296.89. Bipolar type II disorder and manic depressive psychosis, mixed type, are both indexed to this code. If the physician documents either of these terms, report code 296.89.
 
Editor’s note: Cheryl Ericson, MS, RN, CCDS, CDIP, CDI education director at HCPro, Inc. in Danvers, MA, answered this question.
 
This answer was provided based on limited information submitted to JustCoding. Be sure to review all documentation specific to your own individual scenario before determining appropriate code assignment.
Need expert coding advice? Submit your question to Senior Managing Editor Michelle Leppert, CPC, at mleppert@hcpro.com, and we’ll do our best to get an answer for you.



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