ICD-10 challenge for 5-15-2015 Tip of week

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A condition documented as severe persistent asthma with COPD is reported as follows:
a) J44.9 Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified
b) J45.50 Severe persistent asthma, uncomplicated
c) J45.998 Other asthma
d) J44.9 Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified and J45.50 Severe persistent asthma, unspecified
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Tue May 19, 2015 3:03 pm

the correct answer:
d) J44.9 Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified and J45.50 Severe persistent asthma, unspecified

Rationale: The alphabetil index identifies J44.9 as the correct code. Under J44, there is a note to code also the type of asthma, if applicable. The asthma has been documented as sever, persistent asthma so code J45.50 is also reported.
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