Change in mandate to code first Code J44.0 CDOP with acute lower respiratory infection,
We just had our ICD 10 update on the new code. J 44.0 was brought up as a code with a change in mandate. The educator stated that the mandate to code first the J44.0 COPD with lower resp infection has been changed. Either condition might be principal depending on circumstance of admission. Are we to understand that Pneumonia could be the PDX if it meets the clinical criteria for Principal diagnosis?