Reactive airway disease coding

makark

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What is the best ICD-9 code to use for this condition that doesn't indicate asthma? I need to code for inhalation therapy and nebulizers and sometimes the doctor clearly indicates it is not asthma as the coding book refers to.
 

Tmamma

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In the ER coding they always tell us if the patient is 5 or under with no past history of asthma to use 519.8 and for patients older than 5 to use 493.9_ Hope this helps.
 

susiekay

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In the ER coding they always tell us if the patient is 5 or under with no past history of asthma to use 519.8 and for patients older than 5 to use 493.9_ Hope this helps.

I'm with you on this one! Exactly how we do it! :D
 
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That is the weird thing about the book - when you look it up it tells you to look under asthma. But I was told that Asthma and RAD are different.
 

gaponte

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That is the reason we are changing to ICD-10-CM. Meanwhile, I will recommend you to follow ICD-9-CM instructions and use codes under Asthma 493.
 
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