Capturing Serositis from Path reports

edited July 16 in Clinical & Coding

During a pre bill audit review we have been encouraged to place a post discharge query for serositis based on path findings. If the physician agrees and documents serositis this will code to Peritonitis (auditor recommended code K65.9) giving an MCC for the record.

If peritonitis is infective inflammation and serositis is defined as non-organismal inflammation would it be appropriate to assign the Peritonitis code?

Are any facilities successfully using serositis for an MCC without RAC denials?

Any thoughts, insights and education on this is appreciated.

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