When diagnosis is being made for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, it is wise to also consider the records of the pulmonologist with regards to the patient’s medical record. Noting down that all the documentation is supporting the diagnosis and the assigned code for any related acute conditions will ensure accurate reporting of COPD cases. When reporting diagnosis codes for COPD, you need to be sure that your coding is precisely classifying the patient’s specific pulmonary condition and any related acute conditions. In the case when other conditions that are related to COPD, diagnosis are significant in determining which ICD 9 codes will be assigned.
The records must contain details of symptoms, signs and medical conditions. The pulmonologist also needs to document the observations of the tests made such as drug treatments, pulmonary tests and x rays while treating the disease of the patient. Considering also data such as family disease history and medical records
Conditions that can be linked to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease are Asthma and Bronchitis. Each condition based on the findings will determined the COPD code to be used. Detailed history of the illness and the thorough review is required to support COPD diagnosis before reporting a COPD code.