We always submit the code E11.51 every time we see both DM and PVD reported in the notes, even in the absence of the healthcare provider documentation explicitly linking them. It is the same scenario when a patient has both DM and Atherosclerosis of arteries of lower extremity where we report E11.51 and the subcategory I70.2
But what about DM and Calcification of Aorta?
Some HCC coders don't think it is right to submit code E11.51 in this situation.
Please share your thoughts with us.
Is it OK or not? And why?
Thank you in advance for taking the time to share info on this topic with us.