Healthcare entities and industry associations have worked together to release medical codes to report COVID-19, since its outbreak. The ICD-10-CM code “U07.1” developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) was adopted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, effective April 1, 2020. Medical billing and coding companies can support practices in documenting COVID-19 using the new codes. The CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) added six new diagnosis codes for COVID-19 effective January 1, 2021. These new codes are expected to be used as secondary diagnosis codes to report COVID-19 status or secondary or associated manifestations of COVID-19.
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