ICD-10-CM Code for COVID-19, Effective April 1, 2020
In January 2020, WHO established a new ICD-10 code, U07.1 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease. The organization acknowledged that the disease name was likely to change, which it later did to COVID-19.
ICD-10-CM is the United States’ clinical modification of ICD-10. The code sets are not identical, but the CDC has announced that a new ICD-10-CM code will be effective April 1, 2020: U07.1 COVID-19.
The original plan was for the code to have an effective date of Oct. 1, 2020, but the CDC changed the date to April 1, 2020, to assist with claims and surveillance data.
This news comes from the CDC because the CDC National Center for Health Statistics is the federal agency responsible for use of ICD-10 in the U.S. The agency is one of the four Cooperating Parties for ICD-10-CM, along with CMS, the American Hospital Association, and the American Health Information Management Association.