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Pulmonology Coding Alert

You Be the Coder:

Get Specific When COPD Patient Has Bronchitis

Question: One of our COPD patients presented with bronchitis. Our pulmonologist wants to only report J44.0 (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with acute lower respiratory infection) but the coder wants to report additional codes. Who is correct? Subscriber Answer: The coder is correct in this case. When your physician documents both chronic obstructive bronchitis and an episode of acute bronchitis, you should [...]