January 25th, 2021 – CDC Issues New ICD-10 Codes for COVID-19 Related Conditions

The CDC has issued six new ICD-10 codes specifically for usage for COVID-19-related conditions.

Please be aware that these codes go into effect on January 1st, 2021.

The CDC’s December 3rd, 2020 announcement came about a week after CMS said it was assigning Medicare severity, diagnosis-related, groups to six new diagnosis codes for the same COVID-19-related illnesses. The codes for both agencies will go into effect on January 1st, 2021.

The new ICD-10 codes are for the following COVID-19-related illnesses:

  • Encounter for screening for COVID-19 (Z11.52)
  • Contact with and suspected exposure to COVID-19 (Z20.822)
  • Personal history of COVID-19 (Z86.16)
  • Multisystem inflammatory syndrome (M35.81)
  • Other specified systemic involvement of connective tissue (M35.89)
  • Pneumonia due to COVID-19 (J12.82)

For further questions on the proper ICD-10 codes to use for testing, feel free to reach out to our billing and coding department.

– Aculabs, Billing Department