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By Elena Wellard, september 09, 2010, understanding Asthma (ICD-9-CM 493.00 493.92 ).
Asthma is a chronic (long-term) lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways. Asthma affects people hours of all ages, but it most often starts in childhood.
In the United States, more than 22 million people are known to child have asthma. With todays knowledge and treatments, most people who have asthma are able to manage the disease.
Coding Documentation Guideline: An acute exacerbation of asthma is an increased severity of the asthma symptoms, such as wheezing and shortness of breath.
Status asthmaticus refers to a patients failure to respond to therapy administered during an asthmatic episode and is a life threatening complication that requires emergency care. If status asthmaticus is documented by the provider with any type of copd or with acute bronchitis, the status asthmaticus should be sequenced first. It supersedes any type of copd including that with acute exacerbation or acute brochitis.
It is inappropriate to assign an asthma code with 5th digit 2, with acute exacerbation, together with an asthma code with 5th digit 1, with status asthmaticus.
Only the 5th digit 1 should be assigned.
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