New ICD-10-CM Codes for COVID-19 Available January 1, 2021

Thoughtware Alert Published: Dec 11, 2020
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced on December 3, 2020, there will be six new International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) codes to better capture the disease process of COVID-19. The codes will be available January 1, 2021, for reporting purposes. Visit the CDC’s website for more information. 

ICD-10-CM Code Chart

The notice also alerts providers to look for follow-up information concerning the new codes. 

Previous COVID-19 coding changes are outlined below. It’s imperative coders and clinical documentation specialists continually monitor and track changes. Consistently auditing and monitoring documentation and coding during this challenging time will help safeguard reimbursement and compliance. Be sure to note the effective date of each COVID-19 coding change. 

Effective Date Chart and Changes

BKD Can Help

Along with documentation, coding, and reporting of COVID-19 encounters, providers should be able to demonstrate their efforts to be compliant with published guidelines. BKD’s clinical documentation integrity (CDI) team can assist you in completing concurrent and retroactive documentation and coding assessments of COVID-19 encounters to help you demonstrate your compliance practices and potentially avoid payor audit recoupments.

For more information, reach out to your BKD Trusted Advisor™ or submit the Contact Us form below.

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