Respiratory Failure Diagnosis Coding


In this course, students delve into the clinical intricacies of respiratory failure, exploring its various types, causes, and treatment options. The course provides comprehensive insights into the official coding and sequencing guidelines, along with a keen focus on avoiding common coding pitfalls. Topics covered include an introduction to respiratory failure, differentiation between acute and chronic respiratory failure, identifying hypoxemia and hypercapnia, and understanding clinically unsupported respiratory failure. Students gain valuable expertise in coding and sequencing acute respiratory failure, especially in postoperative scenarios, while also exploring the nuances of chronic respiratory failure.

Included Lessons:

  • Introduction
  • What is Respiratory Failure?
  • Types of Respiratory Failure Including Hypoxemia/Hypoxia and Hypercapnia
  • Clinically Unsupported Respiratory Failure Documented After Surgery or Unsupported Postoperative Respiratory Failure
  • Chronic Respiratory Failure
  • Treatment of Acute and Chronic Respiratory Failure
  • Clinical Indicators in Acute Respiratory Failure for Queries
  • Sequencing of Acute Respiratory Failure and Coding Clinics
  • Common Respiratory Abbreviations
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Key Takeaways

Overall, completing this course equips medical coders with the expertise and confidence to accurately code and sequence respiratory failure diagnoses, ultimately contributing to improved healthcare documentation and billing accuracy within healthcare facilities. Some key takeaways include: 

  • Comprehensive Understanding of Respiratory Failure: Coders will gain a thorough understanding of respiratory failure, its clinical aspects, and the factors contributing to its development. This includes differentiating between acute and chronic respiratory failure and recognizing the presence of hypoxemia and hypercapnia.
  • Official Coding Guidelines: Participants will become well-versed in the official coding and sequencing guidelines related to respiratory failure. They will learn how to accurately code and sequence respiratory failure diagnoses in compliance with healthcare coding standards.
  • Identification of Clinical Indicators: Coders will learn how to identify clinical indicators within medical records that suggest the presence of acute respiratory failure, even when the diagnosis may not be explicitly documented. This skill is crucial for accurate coding and proper documentation.
  • Coding Pitfalls and Challenges: The course will highlight common coding pitfalls and challenges specific to respiratory failure, enabling coders to recognize and avoid potential errors in coding and documentation.
  • Postoperative Respiratory Failure: Participants will gain expertise in coding postoperative respiratory failure, distinguishing between acute and chronic cases, and understanding the importance of clinical support for accurate coding in such scenarios.
  • Treatment and Management Knowledge: Coders will become familiar with the various treatment modalities and management strategies employed for patients with respiratory failure. This knowledge will aid in accurate coding and documentation.
  • Abbreviation Familiarity: The course will ensure that coders are well-acquainted with common respiratory abbreviations used in medical records, facilitating efficient coding and communication within healthcare teams.

Benefits of Taking this Course

  • Improved Coding in Respiratory Failure Diagnoses
  • Career Advancement
  • Reduced Errors
  • Increased Professional Confidence
  • Deeper Understanding of Respiratory Failure Diagnosis


What is the difference between acute and chronic respiratory failure, and how do I code each?

Acute respiratory failure is a sudden inability of the respiratory system to meet the body's oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange needs. It is coded using subcategory J96.0- in ICD-10-CM, specifying whether hypoxia, hypercapnia, or both are present. Chronic respiratory failure is a gradual decline in respiratory function over time. It is coded using subcategory J96.1-, also specifying hypoxia, hypercapnia, or unspecified, as applicable.

What is the significance of the P/F Ratio in respiratory failure coding?

The P/F (PaO2/FiO2) Ratio is used to assess the severity of hypoxemia in respiratory failure cases. A P/F Ratio less than 300 indicates acute hypoxic respiratory failure. It is calculated by dividing the arterial pO2 (PaO2) by the fractional percent of inspired oxygen (FiO2) the patient is receiving. It's a critical clinical indicator that influences coding and treatment decisions.

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