FAQ: Intentional Overdose

on Tuesday, 05 February 2019. All News Items | FAQ

Q:

The documentation in the record specified “intentional Wellbutrin overdose, but not done in a suicidal fashion”.  Should the intent be coded as “intentional self-harm?




A:

Assign the code for Poisoning, By Other Antidepressants, Accidental (Unintentional), Initial Encounter (T43.291A).  Per the guidelines specific for Chapter 19, when the intent of the overdose is not documented then we are to assign the code for accidental intent.  

References:

Coding Clinic, 2nd Quarter 2016, page 8

FY 2019 - ICD-10 Official Guidelines for Adverse Effects, Poisoning, Underdosing and Toxic Effects

 

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