AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS - 2017 Issue 4; Ask the Editor

Acute Exacerbation of Unspecified Asthma with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Coding Clinic, First Quarter 2017, page 25, advised that for a patient with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) with asthma, only code J44.9, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified, was sufficient and that code J45.909, Unspecified asthma, uncomplicated should not be assigned as “unspecified” isn’t a type of asthma. Does the same hold true if the asthma is documented as an acute exacerbation? ...

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