Coding for Sickle Cell Disease



Providers treating patients with sickle cell disease continually struggle with inefficient reimbursement which can ultimately impact access to care. The Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes and the Diagnosis-Related Group (DRG) codes assigned for these patient visits have a significant impact on reimbursement. There is often a disconnect between a clinician’s documentation and the resulting CPT and DRG codes assigned by a hospital coder. The webinar will outline best practices for documentation of patients with sickle cell disease, and the many major comorbidities and complications for which these patients frequently present. Adequate documentation will help coders assign the correct CPT and DRG codes, ultimately resulting in appropriate care and appropriate reimbursement. The webinar will also provide time for speakers and participants to discuss relevant issues during a question-and-answer session.


  • Molly Mandernach, MD, University of Florida
  • Michael DeBaun, MD, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN
  • Ellen Riker, Dennis Associates, Washington, DC

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