Which International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) code is used to report fever secondary to measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella vaccine?
Fever secondary to a vaccine falls under the 999 category of codes (complications of medical care, not elsewhere classified, vaccination). Code 999.9 (other and unspecified complications of care) is the appropriate code.
We removed a lesion on a patient's leg and sent it to pathology for examination. Should we report this as excision of a benign lesion, as we do not know if it is malignant yet?
It is not appropriate to report the service until the pathology report confirms the results of the study. If the report indicates that the excised lesion was benign, code 11400–11406 should be reported based on the location (in this case, leg) and size of the excised lesion and its margins. If the report confirms that the lesion was malignant,...