The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has produced large volumes of information from a variety of sources. Credible online resources and current coding, billing, and coverage guidance are listed here.
General online resources
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
ICD-10-CM coding guidance
CDC: ICD-10-CM official coding guidelines
The CDC originally announced diagnosis guidance for ICD-10-CM coding for encounters related to the coronavirus, effective Feb. 20, 2020.
More recently, the CDC implemented a new ICD-10-CM diagnosis code, U07.1, COVID-19, which is effective as of April 1, 2020. The new code also is considered a major complication or comorbidity (MCC).
Note: For dates of service prior to April 1, 2020, the coding guidelines and instructions are different for reporting COVID-19. Therefore, prior to implementation, it is important to scrutinize all dates of service to comply with corresponding time frames stipulated.
The CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics has released information about the ICD-10 MS-DRGs Version 37.1 R1, effective April 1, 2020.
AHA Coding Clinic Advisor
The American Hospital Association (AHA) Coding Clinic has provided a list of frequently asked questions about ICD-10-CM coding of COVID-19.
CDC: COVID-19 testing
The CDC has published frequently asked questions related to COVID-19 testing at laboratories.