Coding Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus with Peripheral Neuropathy

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Inpatient FAQ June 2020

Q:

How do you code Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus with Peripheral Neuropathy?  Is Polyneuropathy the same as Peripheral Neuropathy in Diabetes?


A:

Yes.  According to the ICD-10-CM Code Book, Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus with Peripheral Neuropathy codes to Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus with Polyneuropathy (E11.42).  Let’s follow the alphabetic index:

               

Neuropathy

                        peripheral (nerve) (see also Polyneuropathy) G62.9

            In order to capture Diabetes Mellitus, we need to ‘see also Polyneuropathy’.

                Polyneuropathy (peripheral) G62.9

                Notice that (peripheral) is a modifier for polyneuropathy

                                diabetic - see Diabetes, polyneuropathy

                When we ‘see Diabetes, polyneuropathy’, it takes us to:

                Diabetes, diabetic; due to underlying condition; with; polyneuropathy E08.42

                Under the code category for E08, there is an Excludes1 note for several conditions, including type 2 diabetes mellitus.

                type 2 diabetes mellitus (E11.-)

Go to E11 Type 2 diabetes mellitus

                                E11.4 Type 2 diabetes mellitus with neurological complications

                                                E11.42 Type 2 diabetes mellitus with diabetic polyneuropathy

Polyneuropathy means multiple nerve damage is causing peripheral neuropathy.  These are the nerves that connect your spinal cord to the rest of your body.  Both these terms are often used at the same time and generally mean the same thing.

References

ICD-10-CM Official Code Set

https://www.empowher.com/community/ask/what-difference-between-peripheral-neuropathy-and-poly-neuropathy

Article by Susie James

Susie James, RHIT, CCS, AHIMA-approved ICD-10 Trainer, is the Manager of Inpatient Coding Services at MMP, Inc.  Susie has worked in the coding field for over 30 years and has worked as a coder, coding supervisor, and corporate coding manager for a large multi-facility system in Birmingham. She also worked for Alabama Quality Assurance Foundation (AQAF) as a coding reviewer/auditor before joining the team at Medical Management Plus, Inc.  Susie has previously served as the President of the Alabama Association of Health Information Management (AAHIM) on the Board of Directors and currently serves as the Education/Coding Roundtable Chair.  She is also a member of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and has previously served as the Co-chair for AHIMA’s Leadership Team.  She also served as a facilitator at AHIMA’s 85th National Convention in Atlanta Georgia. You may contact Susie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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