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Code the CDC’s expanded list of COVID-19 symptoms

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on April 18 expanded its list of possible COVID-19 signs and symptoms, adding six new S&S in addition to the original three, the New York Times reports.
Here’s how to code them in ICD-10-CM:
The original three symptoms (Coding from ICD-10-CM Official Coding and Reporting Guidelines):
  • Fever: R50.9
  • Cough: R05
  • Shortness of breath or trouble breathing: R06.02
The new six (coding unofficial):
  • Chills R68.83, also, chills with fever: R50.9
  • Repeated shaking with chills: R68.83
  • Muscle pain: R52
  • Headache: R51
  • Sore throat (acute pharyngitis): J02.9
  • New loss of taste or smell (disturbance of smell and taste) R43.9 for either one or R43.8 for both
Remember not to report COVID-19 code U07.1 unless that diagnosis is confirmed by the clinician, according to the official guidelines.
In addition to the S&S codes above, you may also report a Z code for possible coronavirus exposure if appropriate, the guidelines state:
  • Z03.818 (Encounter for observation for suspected exposure to other biological agents ruled out); or
  • Z20.828 (Contact with and (suspected) exposure to other viral communicable diseases).
Blog Tags: COVID-19, ICD-10
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