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

2021 icd 10 cm updates

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.

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Review the 2021 IPPS Proposed Rule’s MS-DRG & Other ICD-10 Coding Updates

IPPS Proposed Rule

The 2021 Proposed Rule for Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) was released on May 11, and will be published in the May 29, 2020, Federal Register (2020). Provisions in the rule increase the Medicare IPPS rate for hospitals that report quality data and are meaningful users of EHRs by approximately 3.1%, resulting in an increase of $2.07 billion in spending. With other adjustments, the overall payment increase for inpatient hospitals will be around 1.6%. The Proposed Rule adjusts the payment rates, MS-DRG codes, and other provisions, including new ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS codes.

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