ICD-10-CM Coding Guidance: COVID-19

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare

On February 20, 2020, CDC announced a new ICD-10-CM code for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) to be implemented into the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) for reporting, effective with the next update, October 1, 2020.  There are hyperlinks for more information about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) at the CDC and WHO websites.  You also want to bookmark the ICD-10 website for additional information including the new ICD-10 Browser Tool.

Also, CDC provides official diagnosis coding guidance for health care encounters and deaths related to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).   “The ICD-10-CM codes provided in this document are intended to provide information on the coding of encounters related to coronavirus.  Other codes for conditions unrelated to coronavirus may be required to fully code these scenarios in accordance with the ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting.  A hyphen is used at the end of a code to indicate that additional characters are required.  This coding guidance has been developed by CDC and approved by the four organizations that make up the Cooperating Parties: the National Center for Health Statistics, the American Health Information Management Association, the American Hospital Association, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.”

This 3-page document is a supplement for coding encounters related to COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak and provides additional information including hyperlinks to other resources including Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), a CDC website for healthcare professionals.  You’ll definitely want to bookmark this website and reference it often during this outbreak.