Proper E code for Diabetic with Ketoacidosis
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Proper E code for Diabetic with Ketoacidosis

November 4, 2019

My turn, yeah! I really have a thing for diabetes
now. I have to deal with so much with that, that I’m particularly enjoying talking about
it. The question had come in. The reason I think this question came in is because I think
it was in the [Carol] Buck textbook and it’s in the AAPC textbook that we use now as well. What is the proper Ecode – Oh, that’s an E-code?
– for a diabetic with ketoacidosis due to malfunction of insulin pump, pump failed to
deliver insulin causing ketoacidosis. There’s a bunch of research, but she said
E-code. I didn’t put in E-code. I’ll have to think about that. I can probably come up
with it from memory. So, diabetic with ketoacidosis due to failure
of insulin pump. Now, what you have to think about when you’re doing something where when
you’re coding for something, when you’re coding and something goes wrong, think complication.
The terminology that you’re going to use to look up the codes is Complication. There’s
a whole great section in the index under Complication. So, when you look under Complication and then
you look up “insulin” and then it will say insulin pump, you’re going to find 996.57
-medical complication due to insulin pump. Select this code to report the mechanical
failure of an insulin pump — a device used by diabetics that injects insulin to the blood
stream in intervals to regulate blood sugar levels. If you’re familiar with a diabetic sliding
scale, if you’re heard that term before; and what that is, if you’re looking at a prescription
for insulin, it will usually say, maybe 10 cc’s. They’ve take it in the afternoon and
the evening but every morning they take 5 cc’s, and that’s because you want more insulin
as you’re more active; and when you wake up in the morning you haven’t been active so
you don’t need as much insulin. But, let’s say a person has all kinds of things going
on with their blood sugar so their insulin goes up and down, up and down, and they use
a sliding scale. So, they check their sugar before they eat their lunch. If it’s 175 to
200, they use x amount of insulin. If it’s 200 to 250, they use x amount of insulin.
They have this like 10-point little grid, you’d say, of how much insulin to go per what
their blood sugar is. Now, this is really obnoxious to do for some
insulin users because they are constantly having to check their blood sugar. You may
have to do that like 10 times a day. But what the insulin pump does is it actually checks
your blood sugar for you. You stick it in your side. It’s got a little thing that looks
like a cell phone or music thing. You don’t even hardly know it’s there and it actually
delivers the insulin as it’s supposed to as you need it for your blood sugar. But, if
that goes wrong, gets clogged, stops working, you are in big trouble and you usually don’t
know it, so you can go into ketoacidosis. So, what is ketoacidosis? 250.10 is the code
for diabetes with ketoacidosis. Meaning that ketoacidosis is something that you have constantly,
like a manifestation, but this is a manifestation. This means you’re in bad shape. So, type II
or unspecified, not stated as uncontrolled, all the things they are associated with. Now,
they throw in that you can use V58.67 because that’s long-term insulin use. So, usually
code that as well. So, what is ketoacidosis? It’s a really bad
thing for diabetics. It’s going to cause all kinds of problems. What it means is it produces
high levels of blood acids called ketones in the body. The diabetic ketoacidosis develops
when your body is unable to produce enough insulin, thus you would be taking insulin.
If your pump is not working and you don’t know it, you don’t check your sugar, the insulin
normally plays a key role in helping regulate your sugar, your glucose — a major source
of energy for your muscles and other tissues enter your cells. Without enough insulin,
your body begins to break down fat as an alternate fuel. So, in other words, it literally is
going to start breaking, feeding off of fat to produce enough insulin for your body to
survive, which is not a good thing because that’s not what the fat was intended to do.
And as a result, it’s going to make a buildup of toxic acids in the blood stream.

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