tci Outpatient Facility Coding Alert - 2014 Issue 5

ICD-10: For Asthma, Shift Your Focus From Etiology To Severity

Key point: Identify the severity to correctly code for asthma in ICD-10  Spring can be really difficult for people with asthma, especially if they have a pollen allergy. Added to this, summer heat waves are notorious for sending asthmatics to urban areas, and to the emergency room. ICD- 9 Focuses on Etiology For the ICD-9 system of coding, you need to focus on etiology of the condition. You need to start with 493 (Asthma) when you arrive at a diagnosis of acute exacerbation. The code will expand into the following four codes, based on the causative factor: 493.0...

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