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Code: J06.9
Code Name: ICD-10 Code for Acute upper respiratory infection, unspecified
Block: Acute upper respiratory infections (J00-J06)
Details: Acute upper respiratory infection, unspecified
Upper respiratory disease, acute
Upper respiratory infection NOS
J06
Excludes1: acute respiratory infection NOS (J22)
streptococcal pharyngitis (J02.0)
Guidelines: Diseases of the respiratory system (J00-J99)
Use additional code, where applicable, to identify:exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (Z77.22)
exposure to tobacco smoke in the perinatal period (P96.81)
history of tobacco use (Z87.891)
occupational exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (Z57.31)
tobacco dependence (F17.-)
tobacco use (Z72.0)
Note: When a respiratory condition is described as occurring in more than one site and is not specifically indexed, it should be classified to the lower anatomic site (e.g. tracheobronchitis to bronchitis in J40).
Excludes 2: certain conditions originating in the perinatal period (P04-P96)
certain infectious and parasitic diseases (A00-B99)
complications of pregnancy, childbirth and the puerperium (O00-O9A)
congenital malformations, deformations and chromosomal abnormalities (Q00-Q99)
endocrine, nutritional and metabolic diseases (E00-E88)
injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes (S00-T88)
neoplasms (C00-D49)
smoke inhalation (T59.81-)
symptoms, signs and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings, not elsewhere classified (R00-R94)
For more details, visit: https://coder.aapc.com/icd-10-codes/J06.9

pamela925

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Can anyone give clarification regarding coding URI in this situation:

The physician has URI documented, and then documents each symptom with a treatment on a separate line? In this case, would you code the URI only or also include the symptoms (cough, sinus congestion, sore throat). Thank you:rolleyes:
 

AuntJoyce

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Good morning,

What the physician is doing is stating the diagnosis (URI) and then the treatment is aimed at each of the symptoms. There is no harm in coding the URI followed by the symptoms. At the same time, there is no harm in just coding the URI.

You code it as you feel comfortable...either scenario is fine.

Have a great day!

Joyce
 

EARREYGUE

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ICD-9 books state signs and symptoms that are associated routinely with the disease process should not be assigned as additional codes unless otherwise instructed by the classofication.

I would only code the URI.
 

AuntJoyce

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When a physician is treating an upper respiratory infection by directly targeting the symptoms, there is no reason why you can't code cough when a cough medicine is prescribed; no problem coding chest congestion when an expectorant is given for that; no problem coding fever when ibuprofen or tylenol or aspirin are given to bring that down.

Subjective to say the least.
 

LLovett

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Sorry but I have to disagree AuntJoyce.

The coding guidelines are very clear.

Page 3 under section B. General Coding Guidelines number 7. Conditions that are an integral part of a disease process.

"Signs and symptoms that are associated routinely with a disease process should not be assigned as additional codes, unless otherwise instructed by the classification."

Does it hurt your claim? Most likely not. Is it correct coding? No, it is not.

Laura, CPC, CEMC
 
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