ICD-10 Challenge July 17, 2015

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A code from category Z79 Long-term (current) drug therapy would be reported under which circumstance?

a. For a patient receiving a medication for an extended period as a prophylactic measure
b. For a patient being administered a medication for a brief period of time to treat an acute illness or injury
c. For a patient who is addicted to a drug/drugs
d. For a patient receiving medications for detoxification or maintenance programs to prevent withdrawal symptoms due to drug dependence
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Fri Jul 17, 2015 11:41 am

a. For a patient receiving a medication for an extended period as a prophylactic measure
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Thu Jul 23, 2015 8:29 am

The correct answer is a.) for a patient receiving medication for an extended period as a prophylactic measure

RATIONALE: Codes from this category indicate a patient's continuous use of a prescribed drug for the long-term treatment of a condition for prophylactic use. Assign a code from category Z79 if the patient is receiving a medication for an extended period as a prophylactic measure (such as for the prevention of deep vein thrombosis) or as a treatment of a chronic condition (such as arthritis) or a disease requiring a lengthy course treatment (such as cancer). A code from category Z79 is not assigned for medications being administered briefly to treat an acute condition, for patients who have addictions to drugs, or for patients with drug dependency receiving drugs for detox or on maintenance programs.
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