Asthma is one of the commonly known chronic Lung disease that inflames and narrows the airwaves rendering it difficult to breathe. Asthma is known to cause recurring periods of wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath and extreme coughing.

It's treatment involves Asthma Counseling, Excessive, Diet Plan and sometimes Asthma Treatment Drugs depending upon situation.

ICD-10 Asthma Codes 2014 and Documentation Requirements

The Asthma Coding in ICD-10 compared to ICD-9 is quite different. The coding of Asthma in ICD-9 was based on two categories of Extrinsic and Intrinsic Asthma. Extrinsic Asthma also known as allergic Asthma is a form of seasonal allergy while Intrinsic Asthma is also known as exercise induced Asthma and Chemical induced Asthma.

ICD-10 Asthma Codes 2014 and Documentation Requirements

The coding of Asthma in ICD-10 is a bit different as it will not be necessary to code for the difference between Extrinsic and Intrinsic Asthma. In ICD-10 coding system, Asthma is categorized in section J45 and will require documentation for mild medium and severe forms of the disease. Each severity of the different types of Asthma will also include additional qualifiers that physicians will be required to specify when administering treatment to patients.

Asthma ICD-9 to ICD-10 Conversion and Crosswalk

Physicians in ICD-10 will use code J45.20 for patients with mild intermittent Asthma that is of uncomplicated type, J45.21 on the other hand will be used on patients with mild intermittent Asthma with exacerbation. J45.22 will be used for mild intermittent asthma with status asthmaticus.

The major difference between ICD-10 and ICD-9 lies on the fact that ICD-10 does not have any separate codes for the coding of chronic obstructive asthma as opposed to chronic obstructive bronchitis. ICD-10 code J45.50 will be used to code a severe persistent type of Asthma that is of the uncomplicated type.

The code will essentially replace 493.00 that was used to code extrinsic asthma unspecified type of Asthma and 493.10 for the intrinsic asthma unspecified. ICD-9 CODE 493.02 that is being used for extrinsic asthma with acute Exacerbation and 493.12 for intrinsic asthma with acute exacerbation will be replaced by J45.51 which will be used for severe persistent asthma with acute exacerbation.

ICD-10 will rely on J45.52 for severe persistent asthma with status asthmaticus replacing 493.01 for extrinsic asthma with status asthmaticus and 493.11 for intrinsic asthma with status asthmaticus that is being used in ICD-9.ICD-9 currently uses CODE 493.90 for Asthma unspecified type with 493.91 being used for Asthma unspecified type with status asthmaticus and 493.92 for Asthma unspecified type with acute exacerbation.

ICD-9 code J45.30 is being used for coding Asthma uncomplicated type while J45.990 being used for other forms of asthma with exercise induced bronchospasm with J45.991 being used for other forms of asthma with cough variant asthma.

Here is an excellent online free ICD-9 to ICD-10 Conversion tool that we can use for Asthma ICD-9 to ICD-10 codes crosswalk.

Severe asthma attacks have at times been found to cause fatalities if not detected and treated early. Asthma is normally treated with two kinds of medicine notably quick relief medicines for stopping asthma symptoms and Long term control medicines for preventing symptoms. There are no purely tested drugs that can be used to treat asthma but there are drugs that have been used to success to control asthma attacks thereby aiding in breathing. Asthma is a lifelong chronic illness characterized with attacks normally occurring unexpectedly.

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