The World Health Organisation has declared this dreaded Corona Virus as a public health emergency of international concern. Due to the nature of its severity and international concern, an emergency ICD-10 code has been created to identify this virus.
Code U07.1, 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease, will be implemented into ICD-10-CM with the update effective October 1, 2020. Since the effective date of the new code is over seven months away, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) developed interim coding advice in a supplement to the ICD-10-CM Official Coding Guidelines effective February 20, 2020.*
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