# Your question: Can BMI be coded alone?

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## Can we code BMI alone?

A: The 2019 ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting state you cannot use a BMI code (found in ICD-10-CM code category Z68. -) alone. BMI codes need to be supported as medically relevant by an associated diagnosis that is considered a reportable diagnosis.

## What is BMI in coding?

R73.03 Prediabetes. Z68.29 Body mass index (BMI) 29.0-29.9, adult. 4. A specific weight-related diagnosis is required for reporting a BMI code. Examples include underweight, malnutrition, failure to thrive, cachexia, anorexia nervosa, overweight, obese, morbidly obese, and abnormal weight gain or loss.

## How do you use BMI classification?

Body mass index (BMI) is a person’s weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in meters. BMI is an inexpensive and easy screening method for weight category—underweight, healthy weight, overweight, and obesity.

How is BMI interpreted for adults?

BMI Weight Status
25.0 – 29.9 Overweight
30.0 and Above Obesity

## What is the Z code for obesity?

Body mass index [BMI] Z68-

## Do you code BMI in pregnancy?

A: Interestingly, even though the physician may document that the patient is obese, based on the 2019 ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting, BMI codes can’t be assigned for pregnant patients.

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## How do you code BMI in Python?

This can be easily achieved through input() function.

1. height = float(input(“Enter your height in cm: “)) weight = float(input(“Enter your weight in kg: “))
2. BMI = weight / (height/100)**2.
3. print(f”You BMI is {BMI}”)

## How does Dev C++ calculate BMI?

How do you calculate BMI = mass (lb) x 703/ (height(in))squared in C++. I entered: cout > lbs; cout > height >> in; BMI = ((lbs) * 703)/pow(height(in)), 2);

## Is BMI a valid measurement?

The bottom line. As a single measure, BMI is clearly not a perfect measure of health. But it’s still a useful starting point for important conditions that become more likely when a person is overweight or obese.

## Does BMI take muscle into account?

BMI (body mass index), which is based on the height and weight of a person, is an inaccurate measure of body fat content and does not take into account muscle mass, bone density, overall body composition, and racial and sex differences, say researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.

## Why does the NHS use BMI?

But doctors use BMI in conjunction with other measures – like blood pressure, cholesterol and family history – to work out an individual’s risk of type 2 diabetes or heart disease, for example. Body mass index is not specific to any particular health risk – and that’s its strength, experts say.

## Why would a claim be denied because of an obesity code?

**Review the carrier’s denial letter or explanation of benefits (EOB) for the reason for the denial. Most commonly provided reasons are due to bundling of services, or it is a carve out from the medical plan benefits or it is a non-covered service.

## What BMI morbidly obese?

Individuals are usually considered morbidly obese if their weight is more than 80 to 100 pounds above their ideal body weight. A BMI above 40 indicates that a person is morbidly obese and therefore a candidate for bariatric surgery.

## What is the ICD-10 diagnosis code for obesity?

Code E66* is the diagnosis code used for Overweight and Obesity. It is a disorder marked by an abnormally high, unhealthy amount of body fat.