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Pulmonology Coding Alert

You Be the Coder:
Is Respiratory Failure A Primary Dx?

Question: We saw a patient who we had admitted to the hospital for a COPD exacerbation and he went into acute respiratory failure. We reported the ARF code but our administrator says that’s not appropriate. Is that not meant to be a primary diagnosis? Subscriber Answer: According to ICD-10 guidelines, if acute respiratory failure (ARF) is the primary reason [...]