Poorly Controlled Seizure Disorder

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ONE word can change an entire code:

  • “Poorly controlled seizures” is not a comorbid condition (CC) and does not
    impart severity of illness (SOI).
  • “Poorly controlled seizure disorder” codes to epilepsy and is a comorbid
    condition (CC). This diagnosis supports severity of illness (SOI).
  • The terminology of “seizures” alone is non-specific and may be associated
    with many different medical issues.
  • A seizure disorder is associated with the diagnosis of epilepsy for coding
    purposes and shows that the patient is sick.
  • “Status epilepticus”: seizure lasting > 5 minutes.

Remember – Hospital documentation can include “possible, probable, likely or suspected“ diagnoses.

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