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CDC Announces New ICD-10 Codes For Covid-19 Effective January 1, 2021

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced six new ICD codes to better capture the disease process of COVID-19. The codes will be available January 1, 2021, for reporting purposes.
CDC ANNOUNCES NEW ICD-10 CODES FOR COVID-19 EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2021

CDC Announces New ICD-10 Codes For Covid-19 Effective January 1, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced six new ICD 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.

The new codes are:

  • J12.82, pneumonia due to COVID-19 (Must report U07.1)
  • M35.81, multisystem inflammatory syndrome  (Must report U07.1)
  • M35.89, other specified systemic involvement of connective tissue
  • Z11.52, encounter for screening for COVID-19
  • Z20.822, contact with and (suspected) exposure to COVID-19
  • Z86.16, personal history of COVID-19

Per the ICD-10-CM Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries, January 1 Tabular Addenda, when reporting code J12.82 or M35.81, coders must first report code U07.1 for COVID-19, if applicable.

A tabular note under code M35.81 instructs coders to use additional codes to report complications associated with multisystem inflammatory syndrome such as:

  • Acute hepatic failure (K72.0-)
  • Acute kidney failure (N17.-)
  • Acute myocarditis (I40.-)
  • Acute respiratory distress syndrome (J80)
  • Cardiac arrhythmia (I47-I49.-)
  • Pneumonia due to COVID-19 (J12.82)
  • Severe sepsis (R65.2-)
  • Viral cardiomyopathy (B33.24)
  • Viral pericarditis (B33.23)

Coders who report a diagnosis of multisystem inflammatory system using code M35.81 are also instructed to use additional codes, if applicable, to report:

  • Exposure to COVID-19 or SARS-CoV-2 infection (Z20.822)
  • Personal history of COVID-19 (Z86.16)
  • Sequelae of COVID-19 (B94.8)

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