Diseases and Conditions of the Respiratory System

Provide non-medical home care staff knowledge of the general mechanisms of disease, diagnosis and treatment related to the respiratory system necessary for accurately applying ICD-10 CM Codes to documentation of patient care.
Understanding human diseases is critical when working in health care whether at the bedside or in office roles such as billing or coding. With the change to ICD10 CM coding, knowledge of human diseases is even more important for each team member. This knowledge ensures accurate data collection which can reduce the number of declined reimbursements.
This course provides an overview of diseases and conditions of the respiratory system.

This is a self-paced course with optional knowledge check quizzes after each lesson. These non-graded quizzes allow you to check your understanding of the lesson objectives before proceeding to the next lesson. This course requires the use of the associated textbook: Essentials of Human Diseases and Condition, 5th Edition, Schell Fazier, Wist Drzymkowski. ISBN: 978-1-4377-2408-0. After the final lesson you will be required to take the final exam. You must score 70% or higher to pass the course and obtain a certificate of completion.

  • Explain the process of respiration.
  • Identify common respiratory conditions.
  • Identify respiratory structure cancers.
Contact Time

1 Contact Hour: based on 60 minute contact hour

Estimated Time

The estimated time for completion for this activity is 1 hour(s).

Intended Audience

This course is designed for individuals with limited to no medical training that are new to medical coding in home care. This course may also be useful to refresh or update knowledge on human diseases for staff currently working in home health billing, coding or office support roles.

Course Planning Team

Kathy L. Richie, RN, BSN; Kristi Kiehne; MBA; Christine Bushaw, Med, RHIT; Mary Juenemann, MS, RHIA, CCS

Disclosure Statements:

Commercial Support: This course was developed in accordance with ANCC Commercial Support Guidelines. No commercial support was accepted for the development of this course.

Non-endorsement of Products and Off Label Use: This course provides a balanced view of therapeutic options. Use of generic names is always considered before using trade names. Consequently, if trade names are necessary, when available, we will use trade names from several companies. RCTC and the course planning team do not endorsed any products or drugs that may be mentioned in this course.

Author Originating

Mary Juenemann - MS RHIA CCS

Mary Juenemann is an instructor in the Health Information Technology program at Rochester Community and Technical College in Rochester. Mary has been teaching for the past 16 years within the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System. Prior to teaching, Mary had been a DRG Coding Analyst for McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, a Coding Specialist for Dakota Clinic in Fargo, and a Health Information Manager for Family HealthCare Center in Fargo and Moorhead. Mary is a past president for MHIMA Region E and past co-auditor for the MHIMA Audit committee. She is a graduate of the HIA program at the College of St. Scholastica and completed her Masters degree in Educational Leadership with Emphasis in Teaching with Technology at Minnesota State University-Moorhead.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (n.d.). (2014) Retrieved from website http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/icd/icd10cm.htm
Optum (2014) Retrieved from Optum website https://www.optumcoding.com/NonProd/2945/
Papazian-Boyce, L. (2013) Upper Saddle River: Pearson Education
World Health Organization, (n.d.). (2014) Retrieved from website: http://www.who.int/classifications/icd/en/

Materials used in connection with this course may be subject to copyright protection. Retention of the materials for longer than the class term, unauthorized further dissemination of the materials, or use of copyrighted materials in any way other than intended for this class is prohibited by Copyright and Teach Act laws.


This course was developed with Rochester Community and Technical College's Center for Business and Workforce Education located in Rochester Minnesota.

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Medical Coding