Getting Confused on the new guideline for this. If pt has COPD and Emphysema do we code just the Emphysema? What if the pt has COPD with EX?


  • Per coding tips in the Decision Health coding book (pg1069), if just COPD and Emphysema, code to j43.
    If Emphysema and chronic obstructive bronchitis or emphysematous bronchitis, code to j44.

  • So COPD with exacerbation and emphysema you would just code the J43

  • you could use the copd exacerbation in your oasis, but the exacerbation is likely resolved if they are being discharged home. So- I would just use the J43 code.

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