RMC’s AHIMA Approved ICD-10 Trainers meet multiple times per week fielding questions from clients and staff.  Below is an actual question that was submitted, along with our team’s response.*

Coding Question:  Can you help with coding “Silent MI”?  Would this be considered I21.9-myocardial infarction, unsp; or to I25.6-Silent myocardial ischemia?

I forgot to mention the patient’s vitals on the day of the diagnosis of silent MI:

Troponin  6.68

BNP  10,502

RMC Answer:  The trainers feel that because there is an index entry for silent myocardial ischemia, a query to the provider would be recommended.  This is a great area for CDI to review abbreviations and provider education.  Silent Myocardial Ischemia is a new code in ICD-10, in the past providers used “MI” to indicate Myocardial Infarction.

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*Every effort has been made to answer these questions to the best of RMC’s abilities, at the time the original question was submitted.  Answers should not be considered official coding advice, and we always encourage conversation and dialogue regarding our responses.  As best practice policy, always be sure to refer to your Official Coding Guidelines, Coding Clinic, CPT Assistant, etc.