News: AHIMA and AHA update ICD-10-CM coding FAQs for COVID-19

CDI Strategies - Volume 14, Issue 31

Originally published near the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic’s toll on the United States, the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and American Hospital Association (AHA) have updated their list of FAQs related to coding COVID-19.

While the list now includes 37 questions, the most recent 11 were added recently added this month. These added questions include the following coding scenarios:

  • Readmission due to pneumothorax after previous diagnosis of COVID-19
  • Discharge diagnoses pulmonary embolism and/caused by COVID-19
  • Prior COVID-19 nursing home patient admitted to skilled nursing facility
  • Guillian-Barre Syndrome as a complication of COVID-19
  • Continued treatment of acute hypoxic respiratory failure due to COVID-19
  • Deconditioning for generalized debility due to prolonged hospitalization for COVID-19
  • Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) due to COVID-19

The full list of AHIMA and AHA COVID-19 FAQs can be found here.

Editor’s note: To read all of ACDIS’ coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic, click here. Also, make sure to stay tuned to the ACDIS Podcast: Talking CDI in the coming weeks as ACDIS Director Brian Murphy hosts a show on MIS-C presentation and diagnosis! You can subscribe for free to listen live by clicking here.

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