Latest COVID-19 News: Review Our Resource Center for Coronavirus Coding & Billing Updates

Latest COVID-19 News: Review Our Resource Center for Coronavirus Coding & Billing Updates

 

The outbreak of COVID-19 (2019-Novel Coronavirus) led to many unprecedented changes for the healthcare industry. Not only did it place burdens on medical supplies and personnel, it caused the organizations in charge of medical coding guidelines to produce and publish codes at a faster rate. Review this collection of latest COVID-19 news, coding guidelines, and other resources to ensure your coding team stays compliant.

latest COVID-19 newsYES HIM Consulting’s team of coding education experts has developed comprehensive courses to teach learners how to apply the latest COVID-19 codes. The courses contain the latest information to ensure your coding team remains knowledgeable and up-to-date. Review the COVID-19 Training, or contact YES today to develop a custom education plan. Coding Support services are also available for organizations that require more assistance with coding Coronavirus cases.

The History of COVID-19

COVID-19, or “Coronavirus Disease 2019,” is an infectious respiratory disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2. Symptoms range from mild to no symptoms, to severe symptoms and death (CDC, 2020). Historically, Coronaviruses commonly occur in humans and several species of animals, including cattle, cats, bats, and more (CDC, 2020).

For more information on the history of COVID-19, review our article, “COVID-19 Explained – Part 1 – History & Suspected Exposure.”

How to Code COVID-19 Infections & Testing

The diagnosis code U07.1 is used to code confirmed COVID-19 cases, but cases that do not have a positive test result should assign a code explaining the reason for the encounter, such as Z20.828 (fever). Review these articles for further guidance on when to use code U07.1: “CDC Releases Updated Coding & Reporting Guidelines for Code U07.1, COVID-19, Effective April 1 Through September 30” and “COVID-19 Explained – Coding COVID-19 Possible Infection & Symptoms.”

There have been several new codes to document the different types of COVID-19 tests, including antibody detection (86328 & 86769) and antigen testing (87636 & 87637). Review these additional articles on coding COVID-19 lab tests: “Latest CPT Codes 86413 & 99072 Report COVID-19 Special Services & Tests” and “Four New CPT Codes for Lab Tests Available Now in Latest COVID-19 Documentation Update.”

Coding Guidelines for COVID-19 Testing

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Source: Journal of AHIMA, 2021.

 

Application to Outpatient Testing Scenarios

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Source: Journal of AHIMA, 2021.

 

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How to Code COVID-19 Treatments & Vaccines

A series of 12 ICD-10-PCS hospital procedure codes were added to the New Technology Section X to document COVID-19 therapies. This article contains further details: “Twelve New ICD-10-PCS Hospital Procedure Codes Released for COVID-19 Treatment – AHIMA and AHA Update FAQs.”

So far, three vaccines – all administered with two doses – have been released to treat COVID-19. The first vaccine was developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, the second by Moderna, and the third by AstraZeneca. Read these articles for additional coding information: “Review These New CPT Codes for COVID-19 Vaccines from the AMA” and “Third Group of CPT COVID-19 Vaccine Coding Guidelines Released by AMA.”

After COVID-19: How to Code Recovery Programs & Services

Of the patients who have recovered from COVID-19, 5-15% still have lingering symptoms that last for weeks or even months. To help treat these patients and their array of symptoms, many healthcare organizations have developed post-COVID-19 recovery programs. Review this article for more information on coding guidelines for these programs: “How to Code Post-COVID-19 Recovery Programs.”

YES HIM Consulting’s team of coding education experts has developed comprehensive courses to teach learners how to apply the latest COVID-19 codes. The courses contain the latest information to ensure your coding team remains knowledgeable and compliant. Review the COVID-19 Training, or contact YES today to develop a custom education plan. Coding Support services are also available for organizations that require more assistance with coding Coronavirus cases.

Sources Cited in Tables:

  1. CDC, 2020
  2. CDC, 2020
  3. AHIMA, 2020
  4. CDC, 2020
  5. CDC, 2021

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