Coding for asthma patient education in the primary care setting

J Med Pract Manage. 2005 Sep-Oct;21(2):115-9.


Counseling and education for chronic diseases is a common service provided by primary care physicians. By not using and understanding the basic concepts in documentation and coding, primary care providers deny themselves proper reimbursement for the quality care they provide. Although we have used asthma as an example, concepts discussed here can be applied to other chronic diseases that require patient self-management. We review coding strategies that should be used when counseling and education are the main focus of the patient visit. We review additional procedures and techniques to make office flow, documentation, and coding proceed more smoothly.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Asthma / classification*
  • Asthma / prevention & control
  • Chronic Disease
  • Counseling / classification
  • Counseling / economics
  • Documentation
  • Forms and Records Control
  • Humans
  • International Classification of Diseases
  • Patient Education as Topic / classification*
  • Patient Education as Topic / economics
  • Primary Health Care / classification*
  • Primary Health Care / economics
  • Self Care
  • United States