Hypertension: Key coding considerations


Here are some key coding considerations when working with patients with hypertension and hypertension related symptoms.

One of the primary changes for coding for hypertension in the International Classification of Diseases-10th Revision (ICD-10) is that providers no longer will have to document whether the patient’s hypertension is benign or malignant.

Hypertension is a condition that can exist for years without any signs or symptoms. Below are the ICD-9 and ICD-10 diagnosis codes for hypertension and associated conditions.  

-Written by Renee Dowling

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  • James PA, Oparil S, Carter BL, et al. 2014 evidence-based guideline for the management of high blood pressure in adults: report from the panel members appointed to the Eighth Joint National Committee (JNC 8). JAMA. 2014;311(5):507-520.

  • Weber MA, Schiffrin EL, White WB, et al. Clinical practice guidelines for the management of hypertension in the community: a statement by the American Society of Hypertension and the International Society of Hypertension. J Clin Hypertens. 2014;16(1):14-26.

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