ICD-10-CM: New COVID-19 Diagnosis Codes, Effective January 1, 2021


ICD-10-CM: New COVID-19 Diagnosis Codes, Effective January 1, 2021


This LibmanLightbox™, by nationally recognized coding authority Lynn Kuehn, MS, RHIA, CCS-P, FAHIMA, discusses new ICD-10-CM codes related to COVID-19, effective 1/1/2021.


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Disclaimer: This article is written for educational purposes only. Every reasonable effort has been made to ensure its accuracy and completeness. It is the responsibility of the reader to refer to the definitions, descriptions, conventions, and guidelines specific to each coding classification, as well as relevant laws and regulations when selecting and reporting medical codes.

About the Author

Lynn Kuehn is president of Kuehn Consulting, LLC, and a nationally recognized authority on ICD-10-PCS coding. Lynn was elected to the AHIMA Board of Directors, served as faculty for the original ICD-10 “Train-the-Trainers” program, and authored or co-authored several of AHIMA’s most popular books including ICD-10-PCS: An Applied Approach, recognized as the “go-to” resource for learning and mastering ICD-10-PCS. As a Subject Matter Expert with Libman Education, Lynn’s unique and engaging teaching methods as well as her leadership on the importance of accuracy and efficiency in coding is recognized by clients and students throughout the country.

5 thoughts on “ICD-10-CM: New COVID-19 Diagnosis Codes, Effective January 1, 2021

  1. Robin Gras - December 3, 2020 at 1:05 pm

    Thank you so much Lynn for sharing your endless knowledge! You are very much appreciated!!!!

  2. Deborah Ferrer - December 3, 2020 at 6:23 pm

    Thank you! I always look forward to reading your articles. They are always well done and extremely helpful.

  3. Jan Drews - December 4, 2020 at 2:15 pm

    Great explanation for the coders, Thank you Lynn

  4. Mrs. Vani Dudala - December 11, 2020 at 12:50 pm

    Very well presented
    Thank you so much .

  5. Deborah Markestad, RHIT, CCS - December 17, 2020 at 1:30 pm

    Thanks Lynn! Too bad they haven’t created a code for asymptomatic Covid-19 infection…