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      COVID Coding Updates Every CBCS Should Know

      How can you stay current with the rapidly evolving medical billing codes related to COVID-19? While coding processes are continually evolving, here are a few recent changes you should be aware of to stay in-the-know:



      Effective January 1, 2021, further additions to the ICD-10-CM Classification related to COVID-19 were implemented by the CDC. The additional codes are:

      • Z11.52   Encounter for screening for COVID-19*
        • *From the ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting FY 2021: During the COVID-19 pandemic, a screening code is generally not appropriate. Do not assign code Z11.52. For encounters for COVID-19 testing, including preoperative testing, code as exposure to COVID-19 (guideline I.C.1.g.1.e).
        • Guideline I.C.1.g.1.e: Exposure to COVID-19 - For asymptomatic individuals with actual or suspected exposure to COVID-19, assign code 822. For symptomatic individuals with actual or suspected exposure to COVID-19 and the infection has been ruled out, or test results are inconclusive or unknown, assign code Z20.822.
        • Coding guidance will be updated by the CDC as new information concerning any changes in the pandemic status becomes available.”
      • Z20.822  Contact with and (suspected) exposure to COVID-19
      • Z86.16  Personal history of COVID-10
      • M35.81  Multisystem inflammatory syndrome
      • M35.89  Other specified systemic involvement of connective tissue
      • J12.82  Pneumonia due to coronavirus disease 2019

      These codes are in addition to previously added code, U07.1 (COVID-19). Additional guidelines from the CDC include:    


      Topics: CBCS, COVID19