Q&A: ICD-10-CM documentation for congestive heart failure

November 10, 2017
Medicare Web

Q:  When it comes to conditions not related to hypertension, is it sufficient to attribute the diagnosis to another etiology or does the provider need to specifically document that the congestive heart failure (CHF) is not due to hypertension?

A: Yes. If the doctor uses the term “with,” then of course we know to use it, but otherwise, if CHF caused by something else, you would certainly want the physician to document that other cause. If the doctor does not specifically document that other condition, you would need to query for that.

Editor’s Note: Laura Legg, RHIT, CCS, CDIP, AHIMA-approved ICD-10-CM/PCS trainer, answered this question in the recent HCPro webinar Cardiovascular Coding: Achieve Success with the Latest ICD-10-CM/PCS Codes.

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