CMS has published updated ICD-10 codes for providers to start using effective January 1st, 2021. This update subsequently aligns with when providers will start rolling out COVID-19 vaccinations. There are two branches in these updates:

Some of the notable ICD-10 codes in this update:

  • J12.82 Pneumonia due to coronavirus disease 2019
  • M35.81 Multisystem inflammatory syndrome
  • M35.89 Other specified systemic involvement of connective tissue
  • Z11.52 Encounter for screening for COVID-19
  • Z20.822 Contact with and (suspected) exposure to COVID-19
  • Z86.16 Personal history of COVID-19

At EasyReporting we’re actually excited about these new codes. The more specificity we can detect about the resident the more accurate data we can provide the NHSN. With the release of these new ICD-10 codes it’s hard to imagine the NHSN not tracking COVID-19 vaccinations. We’re expecting a NHSN update early January with more data points in the reporting requirements.

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