CDC releases new ICD-10 codes for COVID-19-related illnesses

The CDC issued six new ICD-10 codes for COVID-19-related conditions that will go into effect Jan. 1.

The CDC's Dec. 3 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 Jan. 1.

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

  1. Encounter for screening for COVID-19 (Z11.52)

  2. Contact with and suspected exposure to COVID-19 (Z20.822)

  3. Personal history of COVID-19 (Z86.16)

  4. Multisystem inflammatory syndrome (M35.81)

  5. Other specified systemic involvement of connective tissue (M35.89)

  6. Pneumonia due to COVID-19 (J12.82)

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