FAQ's ICD-10-CM CODING OF COVID-19
The following questions and answers were jointly developed and approved by the American Hospital Association’s Central Office on ICD-10-CM/PCS and the American Health Information Management Association.
ICD-10-CM Official Coding Guidelines for COVID-19 April 1, 2020 -September 30, 2020
The CDC just announced that the new specific ICD-10-CM code for COVID-19 (U07.1) will now be implemented on April 1 of 2020. Guidance on usage will follow
CMS Adds Codes for Coronavirus Lab Tests
CMS has developed a second Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) code that can be used by laboratories to bill for certain COVID-19 diagnostic tests to help increase testing and track new cases. CMS continues to leverage every tool at their disposal in responding to COVID-19.
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Is the ICD-10-CM in the public domain?
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Posted On: September 28, 2020
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the addition to the ICD-10-PCS code set 12 new codes that will help identify treatments for COVID-19 effective August 1, 2020. Among the new codes are Section X New Technology codes for the introduction or infusion of therapeutics including Remdesivir and convalescent plasma, as well as any future new therapeutic substance for the treatment of COVID-19 that does not have a unique name. Concurrently, CMS also released the new ICD-10 MS-DRGs Grouper software package to accommodate these new codes, Version 37.2 effective August 1, 2020. The new codes will not affect the MS-DRG assignment. Detailed information is found here.
Separately, the frequently asked questions on COVID-19 jointly developed and approved by the American Hospital Association’s Central Office on ICD-10-CM/PCS and the American Health Information Management Association were recently updated to include questions related to post COVID-19 manifestations, post acute care encounters and multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) due to COVID-19.
The FY 2021 ICD-10-CM Official Coding Guidelines are available for download on the CDC’s website.