We reported International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) code 779.5 (drug withdrawal syndrome in newborn) for a 4-year-old showing signs of developmental delay due to fetal exposure to illicit drugs and alcohol. Is this the correct code?

Report the appropriate developmental delay code as primary. For example, 783.40 (lack of expected normal physiological development in childhood, delayed milestones) may be reported, or if specific delays in mental development are documented, report codes in the 315 category (specific delays in development). Code 779.5 can be used as secondary because the condition began in the first 28 days of life.

We saw a few children who were exposed to a chemical at their school (tetrachloroethylene). Which ICD-9-CM codes should we report?

Report code 982.3 (toxic effect of solvents, other chlorinated hydrocarbon solvents) if patients were showing symptoms or adverse effects from exposure. Code the result of the toxic effect...

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