2021 ICD-10-CM Updated Codes & Official Coding Guidelines Released

2021 ICD-10-CM Updated Codes & Official Coding Guidelines Released

 

The National Center for Health Statistics released the 2021 ICD-10-CM code set and guidelines, both of which will be effective October 1, 2020 (CDC, 2020). Details on the 2021 ICD-10-CM Updates Webinar from YES HIM Education will be coming soon. The presentation will include a comprehensive review of the changes to the guidelines and codes with important clinical background information.

The code set includes 490 new codes, 47 revisions, and 58 codes that have been deleted. Guideline changes include the updates for COVID-19 and Vaping-related disorders that were released in April and other changes.

Changes are found in 17 of the 22 chapters of ICD-10-CM. Chapter 22 is now available for special-purpose codes and includes the codes for vaping-related disorder and COVID-19. The chapters that have the most code additions are Chapter 19 for injuries with 128 new codes, and Chapter 20 for external-cause codes with 125 new codes. Other changes include an expansion of sickle cell disorder codes to reflect complications of the disorder, additional withdrawal codes for alcohol and other substances, adding laterality to selected codes for corneal disorders, and more than 50 new codes in the musculoskeletal system chapter.

Updates, including the tabular and index addenda, can be found here (CDC, 2020).

Details on the 2021 ICD-10-CM Updates Webinar from YES HIM Education will be coming soon. The presentation will include a comprehensive review of the changes to the guidelines and codes with important clinical background information.

Sign up for the 2021 ICD-10-PCS Updates Webinar, or review our latest article highlighting the changes to the PCS code set.

Teri Jorwic

Contract Educator, MPH, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, FAHIMA
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