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?
Yes! However, neither the codes nor the code titles may be changed except through Coordination and Maintenance Process overseen jointly by NCHS and CMS.
Posted On: March 1, 2021
The updated ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting ICD-10-CM guidelines (with the new codes effective January 1, 2021) are now visible on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services webpage. The update includes the new COVID-19 related codes effective January 1, 2021. The 2021 addendum, 2021 updated code files and 2021 conversion table are also posted on the same webpage.
The CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics has posted the January 1, 2021 release of the ICD-10-CM at https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/icd/icd10cm.htm. The update found under “2021 release of ICD-10-CM includes new COVID-19 related codes as well as the Present on Admission (POA) Exempt codes for fiscal year 2021.