COVID cases worldwide approached a million in number as April began. Two new codes became effective for use on April 1; first, U07.1 (COVID-19) may be used for discharges and outpatient dates of service of April 1 and later.   This code should be used so that COVID-19 cases can be…
Seven coding challenges reveal a new compliance landscape in 2020. It’s here: 2020! This past year in healthcare, as in many years before, was full of changes, challenges, and some surprises as well. When trying to foresee the key future challenges in clinical coding, the following topics came to mind…
Emergency release of the new EVALI code by CDC. On Dec. 9, 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published additional guidance regarding e-cigarette/vaping associated lung injury (EVALI). The new code is U07.0 (Vaping-related disorder).     The CDC consulted with the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding an addition to…