Organized by the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD), world COPD day aims at raising awareness, sharing knowledge, and discussing ways to reduce the burden of COPD worldwide. Observed since 2002, the world’s most important COPD awareness and education events happen on this day, which is done in collaboration with health care professionals and COPD patient groups throughout the world. This day is observed on the third Wednesday of November and in 2022, COPD day is on November 16. The 2022 theme for World COPD Day is -“Your Lungs for Life” and this theme aims to highlight the importance of lifelong lung health. Each year, organizers in more than 50 countries have carried out activities, making the day one of the world’s most important COPD awareness and education events.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a group of progressive lung diseases that obstruct airflow. This common, preventable and treatable chronic lung disease affects men and women worldwide. The WHO has reported that chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death worldwide, causing 3.23 million deaths in 2019.
Both emphysema and chronic bronchitis are the two most common types of COPD. While bronchitis is inflammation of the bronchi, the air pathways to the lungs, emphysema causes damage to the alveoli, the air sacs in the lungs. Common symptoms of COPD include feeling short of breath while resting or when doing physical activity, cough, wheezing, fatigue, and/or mucus production that do not go away. Several processes cause the airways to become narrow including destruction of parts of the lung, mucus blocking the airways, and inflammation and swelling of the airway lining.
According to a report from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, in the United States, an estimated 16 million adults have COPD. The American Lung Association (ALA) thinks there may be as many as 24 million American adults living with COPD.
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For COPD care providers to get reimbursement on-time, pulmonology coders must know the medical codes for conditions such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis to ensure claims are accurate. At OSI, our team is up to date with the changing coding and billing guidelines.
ICD-10 codes related to COPD condition include
- J43 Emphysema
- J43.1 Panlobular emphysema
- J43.2 Centrilobular emphysema
- J43.8 Other emphysema
- J44 Other chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
- J44.0 Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with acute lower respiratory infection
- J44.1 Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with (acute) exacerbation
- J44.9 Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified
- J45 Asthma
- J45.2 Mild intermittent asthma
- J45.3 Mild persistent asthma
- J45.4 Moderate persistent asthma
- J45.5 Severe persistent asthma
- J20 Acute bronchitis
- J40 Bronchitis, not specified as acute or chronic
COPD Coding – Best Practices
If it is recorded that the patient has COPD and emphysema throughout, use only code
- J43.9-Unspecified emphysema
If the patient has COPD and a diagnosis of chronic bronchitis and is on long-term medications to help keep the chronic bronchitis from exacerbations, use only code
- J44.9- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified
For a patient admitted with acute bronchitis and has a history of COPD, both diagnoses need to be coded
- J44.0-Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with acute lower respiratory infection and
- J20.9- Acute bronchitis, unspecified
If the record specifies that the COPD was in exacerbation, use another code
- J44.1-Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with (acute) exacerbation
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