2021 ICD-10-CM Code J70

Respiratory conditions due to other external agents

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

J70 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of respiratory conditions due to other external agents. 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.

ICD-10:J70
Short Description:Respiratory conditions due to other external agents
Long Description:Respiratory conditions due to other external agents

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Respiratory conditions due to other external agents

Non-specific codes like J70 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 respiratory conditions due to other external agents:

  • Use J70.0 for Acute pulmonary manifestations due to radiation BILLABLE CODE
  • Use J70.1 for Chronic and other pulmonary manifestations due to radiation BILLABLE CODE
  • Use J70.2 for Acute drug-induced interstitial lung disorders BILLABLE CODE
  • Use J70.3 for Chronic drug-induced interstitial lung disorders BILLABLE CODE
  • Use J70.4 for Drug-induced interstitial lung disorders, unspecified BILLABLE CODE
  • Use J70.5 for Respiratory conditions due to smoke inhalation BILLABLE CODE
  • Use J70.8 for Respiratory conditions due to other specified external agents BILLABLE CODE
  • Use J70.9 for Respiratory conditions due to unspecified external agent BILLABLE CODE

Information for Patients


Lung Diseases

When you breathe, your lungs take in oxygen from the air and deliver it to the bloodstream. The cells in your body need oxygen to work and grow. During a normal day, you breathe nearly 25,000 times. People with lung disease have difficulty breathing. Millions of people in the U.S. have lung disease. If all types of lung disease are lumped together, it is the number three killer in the United States.

The term lung disease refers to many disorders affecting the lungs, such as asthma, COPD, infections like influenza, pneumonia and tuberculosis, lung cancer, and many other breathing problems. Some lung diseases can lead to respiratory failure.

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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)