AS OF OCTOBER 2016, CODE DIRECTLY FOR EPI BY USING ICD-10 CODE K86.811

Are your patients telling you everything about their GI symptoms?

Could it be EPI?

Some patients may be uncomfortable discussing GI symptoms like frequent diarrhea, unexplained weight loss, steatorrhea, gas, bloating, and abdominal pain. If your patient is experiencing one or more of these symptoms, it could be EPI.2,3

The symptoms of EPI are
similar to other GI conditions
like celiac disease, irritable bowel
syndrome (IBS), Crohn's disease, and
ulcerative colitis, which can make EPI a
difficult condition to diagnose.2-5

References: 1. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. ICD-10-CM tabular list of diseases and injuries. 2017 codes tables and index. https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Coding/ICD10/2017-ICD-10-CM-and-GEMs.html. Accessed August 20, 2016. 2. Fieker A, Philpott J, Armand M. Enzyme replacement therapy for pancreatic insufficiency: present and future. Clin Exp Gastroenterol. 2011;4:55-73. 3. Dominguez-Muñoz JE. Pancreatic enzyme therapy for pancreatic exocrine insufficiency. Curr Gastroenterol Rep. 2007;9(2):116-122. 4. Signs & symptoms of celiac disease. Celiac Support Association website. http://www.csaceliacs.info/symptoms_of_celiac_disease.jsp. Accessed August 11, 2016. 5. Longo DL, Fauci AS, Kasper DL, et al, eds. Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine. 18th ed. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill; 2012.