Scenario: Patient admitted for evaluation of bilateral lower extremity leg pain. Admitting diagnosis is diabetic peripheral vascular disease. An ultrasound doppler was performed, revealing mild to moderate arteriosclerosis of the lower extremities. Patient was started on medical therapy and will be monitored for progression of disease. Patient was informed that bypass surgery might be required at some point in the future. He was instructed on proper skin hygiene care to avoid development of skin ulcers. History includes chronic bronchitis (smoker for 20 years.) Medications include glucotrol and bronchodilators.
Final diagnosis: Diabetic peripheral vascular disease resulting in arteriosclerosis of lower extremities with intermittent claudication in a Type 2 diabetic. How do you code for this?
Answer will be posted Thursday 6/18!