Not Valid for Submission
J21 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of acute bronchiolitis. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. Category or Header define the heading of a category of codes that may be further subdivided by the use of 4th, 5th, 6th or 7th characters.
Specific Coding for Acute bronchiolitis
Non-specific codes like J21 require more digits to indicate the appropriate level of specificity. Consider using any of the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity when coding for acute bronchiolitis:
Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries
The Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries is a list of ICD-10 codes, organized "head to toe" into chapters and sections with coding notes and guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references are applicable to the code J21:
This note appears immediately under a three character code title to further define, or give examples of, the content of the category.
- acute bronchiolitis with bronchospasm
Type 2 ExcludesType 2 Excludes
A type 2 excludes note represents "Not included here". An excludes2 note indicates that the condition excluded is not part of the condition represented by the code, but a patient may have both conditions at the same time. When an Excludes2 note appears under a code, it is acceptable to use both the code and the excluded code together, when appropriate.
- respiratory bronchiolitis interstitial lung disease J84.115
Information for Patients
When you breathe in, the air travels down through your trachea (windpipe). It then goes through two tubes to your lungs. These tubes are your bronchi. Bronchial disorders can make it hard for you to breathe.
The most common problem with the bronchi is bronchitis, an inflammation of the tubes. It can be acute or chronic. Other problems include
- Bronchiectasis - a condition in which damage to the airways causes them to widen and become flabby and scarred
- Exercise-induced bronchospasm - a breathing problem that happens when your airways shrink while you are exercising
- Bronchiolitis - an inflammation of the small airways that branch off from the bronchi
- Bronchopulmonary dysplasia - a chronic lung condition in infants, most often premature infants
- Bronchiectasis (Medical Encyclopedia)
- Bronchiolitis (Medical Encyclopedia)
- Bronchiolitis - discharge (Medical Encyclopedia)
- Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (Medical Encyclopedia)
- Postural drainage (Medical Encyclopedia)
- Tracheal rupture (Medical Encyclopedia)
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