ICD-10 challenge for 5-29-2015 Tip

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What information is NOT needed to assign the most specific code for hypertension in ICD-10-CM?
a.) Documentation of the hypertension as primary or secondary
b.) Documentation of any related heart disease
c.) Documentation of any chronic kidney disease
d.) documentation of the hypertension as benign or malignant
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RATIONALE
What information is NOT needed to assign the most specific code for hypertension in ICD-10-CM?

The answer is D
Rationale: Hypertension codes are no longer classified as benign or malignant in ICD-10-CM, so these qualifiers are no longer required. There are specific codes for secondary hypertension, hypertension with related heart disease, and hypertension with chronic kidney disease, so these conditions must be documented to allow for assignment of the most specific code.
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