Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a blanket term for progressive diseases of the lower respiratory tract — most commonly, chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Approximately 15.7 million men and women in the United States were reportedly diagnosed with COPD in 2015; millions more are believed to go undiagnosed every year, according to the Centers for ...
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 ...