AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS - 2017 Issue 1; Ask the Editor

Respiratory Distress

When referencing respiratory distress in the alphabetic index, there are subentries for adult and child, both leading to code J80, Acute respiratory distress syndrome. If the physician does not document acute respiratory distress syndrome, should code J80.0 still be assigned or would code R06.00, Dyspnea, be more appropriate? ...

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