ICD-10-CM Code J44.0

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with (acute) lower respiratory infection

Version 2020 Billable Code Revised Code

Valid for Submission

J44.0 is a billable code used to specify a medical diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with (acute) lower respiratory infection. The code is valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. The ICD-10-CM code J44.0 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive airways disease or acute infective exacerbation of chronic obstructive airways disease or chronic obstructive lung disease co-occurrent with acute bronchitis or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with acute lower respiratory infection.

ICD-10:J44.0
Short Description:Chr obstructive pulmon disease with (acute) lower resp infct
Long Description:Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with (acute) lower respiratory infection

Revised 2020 ICD-10 Code

J44.0 was revised for the FY 2020, effective October 1, 2019.

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 guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references are applicable to the code J44.0:

Code Also

Code Also
A "code also" note instructs that two codes may be required to fully describe a condition, but this note does not provide sequencing direction.
  • to identify the infection

Index to Diseases and Injuries

The Index to Diseases and Injuries is an alphabetical listing of medical terms, with each term mapped to one or more ICD-10 code(s). The following references for the code J44.0 are found in the index:


Synonyms

The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:

  • Acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive airways disease
  • Acute infective exacerbation of chronic obstructive airways disease
  • Chronic obstructive lung disease co-occurrent with acute bronchitis
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with acute lower respiratory infection

Diagnostic Related Groups

The ICD-10 code J44.0 is grouped in the following groups for version MS-DRG V37.0 What are Diagnostic Related Groups?
The Diagnostic Related Groups (DRGs) are a patient classification scheme which provides a means of relating the type of patients a hospital treats. The DRGs divides all possible principal diagnoses into mutually exclusive principal diagnosis areas referred to as Major Diagnostic Categories (MDC).
applicable from 10/01/2020 through 09/30/2020.

  • 190 - CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE WITH MCC
  • 191 - CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE WITH CC
  • 192 - CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE WITHOUT CC/MCC

Convert J44.0 to ICD-9

  • 491.22 - Obs chr bronc w ac bronc (Approximate Flag)
  • 493.21 - Ch ob asthma w stat asth (Approximate Flag)

Code Classification

  • Diseases of the respiratory system (J00–J99)
    • Chronic lower respiratory diseases (J40-J47)
      • Other chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (J44)

Code History

  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016
    (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2020 - Code Updated, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020
    • New Description: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with (acute) lower respiratory infection
    • Previous Description: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with acute lower respiratory infection

Information for Patients


COPD

COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) makes it hard for you to breathe. The two main types are chronic bronchitis and emphysema. The main cause of COPD is long-term exposure to substances that irritate and damage the lungs. This is usually cigarette smoke. Air pollution, chemical fumes, or dust can also cause it.

At first, COPD may cause no symptoms or only mild symptoms. As the disease gets worse, symptoms usually become more severe. They include

  • A cough that produces a lot of mucus
  • Shortness of breath, especially with physical activity
  • Wheezing
  • Chest tightness

Doctors use lung function tests, imaging tests, and blood tests to diagnose COPD. There is no cure. Treatments may relieve symptoms. They include medicines, oxygen therapy, surgery, or a lung transplant. Quitting smoking is the most important step you can take to treat COPD.

NIH: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute


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