e involving chemotherapy immunotherapy and radiation

E involving chemotherapy immunotherapy and radiation

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e. Admissions/encounters involving chemotherapy, immunotherapy and radiation therapy 1) Episode of care involves surgical removal of neoplasm When an episode of care involves the surgical removal of a neoplasm, primary or secondary site, followed by adjunct chemotherapy or radiation treatment during the same episode of care, the code for the neoplasm should be assigned as principal or first-listed diagnosis. 2) Patient admission/encounter solely for administration of chemotherapy, immunotherapy and radiation therapy If a patient admission/encounter is solely for the administration of chemotherapy, immunotherapy or radiation therapy assign code Z51.0, Encounter for antineoplastic radiation therapy, or Z51.11, Encounter for antineoplastic chemotherapy, or Z51.12, Encounter for antineoplastic immunotherapy as the first-listed or principal diagnosis. If a patient receives more than one of these therapies during the same admission more than one of these codes may be assigned, in any sequence. The malignancy for which the therapy is being administered should be assigned as a secondary diagnosis. 3) Patient admitted for radiation therapy, chemotherapy or immunotherapy and develops complications When a patient is admitted for the purpose of radiotherapy, immunotherapy or chemotherapy and develops complications such as uncontrolled nausea and vomiting or dehydration, the principal or first-listed diagnosis is Z51.0, Encounter for antineoplastic radiation therapy, or Z51.11, Encounter for antineoplastic chemotherapy, or Z51.12, Encounter for antineoplastic immunotherapy followed by any codes for the complications. f. Admission/encounter to determine extent of malignancy When the reason for admission/encounter is to determine the extent of the malignancy, or for a procedure such as paracentesis or thoracentesis, the primary malignancy or appropriate metastatic site is designated as the principal or first-listed diagnosis, even though chemotherapy or radiotherapy is administered. g. Symptoms, signs, and abnormal findings listed in Chapter 18 associated with neoplasms Symptoms, signs, and ill-defined conditions listed in Chapter 18 characteristic of, or associated with, an existing primary or secondary site malignancy cannot be used to replace the malignancy as principal or first-listed diagnosis, regardless of the number of admissions or encounters for treatment and care of the neoplasm. See Section I.C.21. Factors influencing health status and contact with health services, Encounter for prophylactic organ removal. h. Admission/encounter for pain control/management See Section I.C.6. for information on coding admission/encounter for pain control/management. i. Malignancy in two or more noncontiguous sites A patient may have more than one malignant tumor in the same organ.
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