Created Dec 2017
Reviewed Dec 2019
We have several patients who are admitted to Starship for ‘review of their long term mechanical ventilation’ who do not have a tracheostomy in situ.
The Coding Rule Q2719 Management of tracheostomy (published June 2013) indicates that Z43.0 Attention to tracheostomy would be appropriate for patients who have a tracheostomy in situ. But we are not sure which code to use for the patients who do not have a tracheostomy.
Z51.88 Other specified medical care is the most appropriate diagnosis code to assign following the ICD-10-AM Alphabetic Index:
- specified type NEC Z51.88