COPD and Pneumonia - Good News

Coming soon ... 
Section I.A. Conventions for the ICD-10-CM
     17. “Code also” note
          A “code also” note instructs that two codes may be required to fully describe a condition,
          but this note does not provide sequencing direction.

As I understand it, this will resolve the quirky COPD/PNA sequencing issue we have now.  Yay!  :)


  • You are correct about COPD/PNA problem. My understanding is that code J44.0 (COPD with lower respiratory tract infection) is being removed from ICD-10-CM for 2018.

    Richard D. Pinson, MD, FACP, CCS
    Pinson & Tang
    CDI Educators and Advisers
    Authors of the CDI Pocket Guide

  • Thanks, this just makes me that much more interested to get my hands on a 2018 code book.

    I have been and outspoken critic of this since day 1, as has most of you I know.

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