New ICD-10 Code for COVID-19 and Vaping Effective April 1, 2020

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

The new code for COVID-19, U07.1, is one of two new codes to be added to the code set effective April 1, 2020. New codes are usually effective on October 1, except in the case of emergency, so we will have two codes in the new U chapter, one for COVID-19 and one related to vaping. There is currently no U chapter in the coding manual.

The new code, U07.1, COVID-19, is to be used only as a primary diagnosis and is to be followed by other codes to indicate the complications or manifestations of the coronavirus, for example, pneumonia.

Lisa Selman-Holman, a member of the Briggs family, has provided this blog on these new codes. Note the additional resources Lisa has provided for SNFs.

I encourage you to read and share this blog and its information.  Thank you, Lisa!

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