COVID-19 and HCC Coding – Your FAQs Addressed

COVID-19 and HCC Coding – Your FAQs Addressed

Are you wondering how COVID-19 is affecting ICD-10-CM codes? There is a lot to take into consideration and thankfully, HCC Coders is here to break it down for you!

What is the ICD-10-CM code for COVID-19?

There are a few different codes that you should be aware of regarding ICD-10-CM codes and COVID-19. ICD-10-CM code U07.1 is the code for COVID-19 that should be used for those with discharge/service fates on or after April 1, 2020. This code was created by the World Health Organization (WHO) and is intended to be followed by other appropriate codes. For COVID-19 cases that occurred prior to April 1, 2020, you would need to refer to the supplement to the ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for coding related to COVID-19.

Are there additional new codes to identify other situations specific to COVID-19?

No, there are not currently other COVID-19 related ICD-10-CM codes. That being said, the CDC is actively monitoring the situation and may release other situation-specific codes relative to COVID-19 as they see fit in the future.

How should cases related to COVID-19 prior to April 1, 2020, the effective date of ICD-10-CM code U07.1, COVID-19 be coded?

For any COVID-19 cases that occurred before April 1, 2020, you will need to refer to the ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for coding encounters related to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.

Is code B97.29, Other coronavirus as the cause of diseases classified elsewhere, limited to the COVID-19 virus? (3/20/2020)

No, the code B97.29 is not exclusively related to the SARS-CoV-2/2019-nCoV virus related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The code does not distinguish between the over 30 variations of coronaviruses. Due to this, providers are encouraged to develop facility-specific coding guidelines.

If you are struggling with your HCC coding during COVID-19 contact HCC Coders today for assistance!

If you are operating in the HCC coding sphere, you need to understand the new coding procedures and codes related to COVID-19. When it comes to ICD-10-CM codes, there are a lot of nuances that need to be considered. Thankfully, you are not on your own with this. At HCC Coders, we have over 28 years of experience with HCC coding and specifically, ICD-10-CM. To request help with your coding work, give us a call today at 877-328-2343 to learn more about our quality services!

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