Dementia redux

I am already getting questions on dementia coding … here we go!

Question: Now that the new dementia codes (294.10, 294.11) have come out, do we only use them for a dementia related to another condition that was coded and use 290.0 for straight senile dementia OR do we have to use 294.1x for all dementia?

Lisa says: The new dementia codes are 294.20 and 294.21. Those are for dementia NOS. Senile dementia is coded when documented. 294.1x codes for use when associated with physical conditions such as those listed. 

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