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Coding Multiple Rib Fractures due to CPR

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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

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What is the code for multiple rib fractures due to Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)?



Assign Other Intraoperative and Postprocedural Complications and Disorders of the Musculoskeletal System (M96.89). Also, use Other Medical Procedures as the Cause of Abnormal Reaction of the Patient, or of Later Complication without Mention of Misadventure at the Time of the Procedure to identify the external cause the injury.


Fractures of the ribs are sometimes seen following CPR. Elderly patients with Osteoporosis are at increased for this type of injury.



·        Coding Clinic response to a submitted question.

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Article Author: Anita Meyers, RHIT, CCS
Anita Meyers, RHIT, CCS, is an Inpatient Coding Professional at Medical Management Plus. Anita has over twenty-six years of experience in inpatient and outpatient coding including 17 years of work at AQAF reviewing inpatient and outpatient records from Alabama hospitals. In addition to reviewing records she was the team leader in Beneficiary Services where she participated in case review activities, received and processed beneficiary complaints and handled fee-for-service denials for home health, hospice and skilled nursing facility services. Prior to joining the MMP team, Anita left AQAF to become an inpatient contract coder and worked at various hospitals in central Alabama. In her current position, Anita is an integral part of the Inpatient Services at Medical Management Plus.

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