Respiratory failure due to both RDS and also maternal anesthesia
Based on coding clinic, when respiratory failure is due to RDS you code the more specific RDS. There is an edit when you code for both stating that if the two are unrelated you can code for both. I had a query response for the etiology of respiratory failure as both, due to RDS and due to maternal anesthesia and clinically was supported. Because the respiratory failure is due to both (two causes) it seems that we then could code for both. There is discussion amongst us as CDI and coding and seeking input for educational purposes as I may be interpreting this coding clinic wrong? I actually have seen this previously in our facility and it just makes sense we could but I like facts as I may be wrong. Thank you!