2021 ICD-10-CM Code J44.0

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with (acute) lower respiratory infection

Version 2021
Billable Code
MS-DRG Mapping

Valid for Submission

J44.0 is a billable diagnosis code used to specify a medical diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with (acute) lower respiratory infection. The code J44.0 is valid during the fiscal year 2021 from October 01, 2020 through September 30, 2021 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, acute infective exacerbation of chronic obstructive airways disease, chronic obstructive lung disease co-occurrent with acute bronchitis or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with acute lower respiratory infection.

The code J44.0 is linked to some Quality Measures as part of Medicare’s Quality Payment Program (QPP). When this code is used as part of a patient's medical record the following Quality Measures might apply: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (copd): Long-acting Inhaled Bronchodilator Therapy.

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

Code Classification

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
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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:

Approximate Synonyms

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

Convert J44.0 to ICD-9 Code

The General Equivalency Mapping (GEM) crosswalk indicates an approximate mapping between the ICD-10 code J44.0 its ICD-9 equivalent. The approximate mapping means there is not an exact match between the ICD-10 code and the ICD-9 code and the mapped code is not a precise representation of the original code.

Quality Payment Program Measures

When code J44.0 is part of the patient's diagnoses the following Quality Measures apply and affect reimbursement. The objective of Medicare's Quality Measures is to improve patient care by making it more: effective, safe, efficient, patient-centered and equitable.

Quality Measure Description Quality Domain Measure Type High Priority Submission Methods
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD): Long-Acting Inhaled Bronchodilator TherapyPercentage of patients aged 18 years and older with a diagnosis of COPD (FEV1/FVC < 70%) and who have an FEV1 less than 60% predicted and have symptoms who were prescribed a long-acting inhaled bronchodilator.Effective Clinical CareProcessNOClaims, Registry

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

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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Code History

  • FY 2021 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2020 through 9/30/2021
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016 (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)