sequencing of sepsis and complication codes

Second Quarter 2020 coding clinic states that Vent associated pneumonia is considered a localized infection and should be sequenced as a secondary diagnosis when sepsis is present.

Would this coding clinic be interpreted to include a  catheter associated UTI and sepsis? What are the sequencing guidelines for Sepsis secondary to a cath associated UTI? We have always sequenced the complication code as principal. Coding is now stating that Sepsis should be sequenced as the principal diagnosis based on the above coding clinic. Any advice would be appreciated.

Thank you!


  • I just came across this coding clinic and have the same question! I think it definitely confuses the issue. Looking forward to a discussion on this.

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