Not Valid for Submission
K72.9 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of hepatic failure, unspecified. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2022 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. Category or Header define the heading of a category of codes that may be further subdivided by the use of 4th, 5th, 6th or 7th characters.
Unspecified diagnosis codes like K72.9 are acceptable when clinical information is unknown or not available about a particular condition. Although a more specific code is preferable, unspecified codes should be used when such codes most accurately reflect what is known about a patient's condition. Specific diagnosis codes should not be used if not supported by the patient's medical record.
Specific Coding for Hepatic failure, unspecified
Non-specific codes like K72.9 require more digits to indicate the appropriate level of specificity. Consider using any of the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity when coding for hepatic failure, unspecified:
- LIVER FAILURE-. severe inability of the liver to perform its normal metabolic functions as evidenced by severe jaundice and abnormal serum levels of ammonia; bilirubin; alkaline phosphatase; aspartate aminotransferase; lactate dehydrogenases; and albumin/globulin ratio. blakiston's gould medical dictionary 4th ed
- LIVER FAILURE ACUTE-. a form of rapid onset liver failure also known as fulminant hepatic failure caused by severe liver injury or massive loss of hepatocytes. it is characterized by sudden development of liver dysfunction and jaundice. acute liver failure may progress to exhibit cerebral dysfunction even hepatic coma depending on the etiology that includes hepatic ischemia drug toxicity malignant infiltration and viral hepatitis such as post transfusion hepatitis b and hepatitis c.
Information for Patients
Your liver is the largest organ inside your body. It helps your body digest food, store energy, and remove poisons.
There are many kinds of liver diseases:
- Diseases caused by viruses, such as hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C
- Diseases caused by drugs, poisons, or too much alcohol. Examples include fatty liver disease and cirrhosis.
- Liver cancer
- Inherited diseases, such as hemochromatosis and Wilson disease
Symptoms of liver disease can vary, but they often include swelling of the abdomen and legs, bruising easily, changes in the color of your stool and urine, and jaundice, or yellowing of the skin and eyes. Sometimes there are no symptoms. Tests such as imaging tests and liver function tests can check for liver damage and help to diagnose liver diseases.
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