Acquired vs Congenital Diagnoses

Don’t confuse Congenital and Acquired!

Congenital diagnoses are conditions existing at birth or before birth. It can also develop during the first month of life, regardless of the cause.

Acquired diagnoses are conditions that develop over a course of one’s life.

Example:

Missing 3rd digit on left hand. Is it acquired or congenital? Was the patient born with the finger absent (congenital) or was it amputated at some point in life (acquired)?

Below are the different ways this condition can be coded:

V49.62 Absence Finger (acquired)

755.29 Absence Finger (congenital)

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In the Know is a blog published by MedPro Healthcare Solutions. We are devoted to home health coding by providing services, education and tips to those in the home health industry.

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