Diabetes Mellitus type 2 ICD 10

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]f you see these words of diabetes mellitus type 2 ICD 10, what comes to mind? What are these numbers referring to? What do they mean? How are they important to you? What are the codes having to do with your diabetes problem?


Well, aside from the fact that you are suffering from a diabetes, you need to realize that professional health workers have their own professional way to maintain a record and deal with codes. You probably think that doctors or nurses are only responsible for taking care of patients but they are actually having to deal with some administrative works too. And the diabetes mellitus type 2 ICD 10 is basically the special code for recording diabetes issues. If you are working as a professional health care, knowing such a code can be helpful.


Diabetes Mellitus type 2 ICD 10 and the Importance

The world of health care can be completely complicated and it can be totally confusing. Unfortunately, not everyone knows that. Among the health workers alone, the coding for diabetes is pretty challenging – even more complicated and difficult than others. In the past, the coding was used in ICD 9. And with the invention of ICD 10, things aren’t getting better – it is still somehow confusing.

Diabetes Mellitus type 2 ICD 10

You see, diabetes are divided into two types, type I (the juvenile) and type II (the adult, although not necessarily so). When the coding in ICD 9 is transformed to diabetes mellitus type 2 ICD 10, there are some things and coding that can still give you a headache. In a general review, not only the new ICD 10 coding is more detailed and thorough, it also includes different conditions and specifications of the issue.

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Diabetes Mellitus type 2 ICD 10 and the Exemplary Coding

Here are just some examples to give you ideas about the different coding between the two:

  • In ICD 9, secondary diabetes mellitus (with code 249) stands on its own while in ICD 10, it is divided into various conditions and codes. It is divided into chemical or drug induced diabetes mellitus (E09), diabetes mellitus because of underlying condition (E08), and other specified cases of diabetes mellitus (E13).
  • In ICD 9, diabetes mellitus (code 250) stands on its own while in ICD 10, it is divided into type 1 (E10) and type 2 (E11)
  • In ICD 9, mother’s diabetes mellitus, childbirth, complicating pregnancy, or puerperium is coded 648 while in ICD 10, it is called gestational diabetes mellitus happening during pregnancy with code 024.


For you, these codes, numbers, and categories may not be important but they are super vital for health care workers. They need to understand the codes and remember those codes because the codes will be the start up point of coding for all the patients treated (or suspected to suffer from) diabetes. Health care workers need to determine the category based on the certain symptoms and conditions and then assign the codes. That’s why there is also a software designed to help them so they won’t be confused when encountering diabetes mellitus type 2 ICD 10 code.

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