In Coding
Aug 4th, 2015
by John Verhovshek, MA, CPC Bronchitis means inflammation of the bronchi, which are the passages that extend from the trachea into the small airways and alveoli of the lungs. Common symptoms of bronchitis include cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headache, muscle aches, and fatigue. In severe cases, the patient may present with general ...
Mar 1st, 2015
Several conditions fall under COPD; understand how to code them all. By Gouri Pathare, MBBS, CPC Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) refers to chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, a genetic form of emphysema. Diagnosis coding and sequencing for COPD depends on physician documentation in the medical record and application of the official coding ...
In Coding
Aug 30th, 2013
At first glance, diagnosis coding for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, more commonly known as COPD, seems like a cinch. ICD-9-CM links “obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD]” to 496 Chronic airway obstruction, not elsewhere classified. Easy! Except … does that “not elsewhere classified” make you a bit nervous? Aren’t three-digit ICD-9-CM codes usually best avoided due to ...