MEDICAL CODING IN A GLOBAL PANDEMIC
The coronaviruses are a viral group that cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe respiratory diseases. The virus was aptly named due to the crown-like appearance to its surface spikes, “corona” meaning “crown.” Human coronaviruses were recognized in the mid-1960’s and were divided into four subgroups: 229E (alpha); NL63 (alpha); OC43 (beta); and HKU1 (beta). An additional three human coronaviruses were identified: MERS-CoV; SARS-CoV; and SARS-CoV-2, which is responsible for the 2019-2020 global pandemic (COVID-19). As a part of the medical administrative team at Johnson Clinic, you will develop a Quick Reference Guide for COVID-19 coding. The primary manifestations of COVID-19 are respiratory and cardiovascular; however, neurologic and dermatologic features have been reported. Per the accepted ICD-10 coding guidelines, because COVID-19 is primarily respiratory, “Codes for signs and symptoms may be reported in addition to a related definitive diagnosis when the sign or symptom is not routinely associated with that diagnosis.” Therefore, your Quick Reference Guide will include codes beyond the COVID-19 code. To begin your work on the Guide, you will locate codes. Instructions:
· Explore the CDC ICD-10 coding site: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/icd/icd10cm.htm
· Utilizing the CDC ICD-10 Browser Tool (https://icd10cmtool.cdc.gov/?fy=FY2020), locate the codes.
· Accurate location of the codes and completion of this activity earns 10 points.
Coronavirus, SARS associated
Respiratory failure with hypoxia
Encephalomyelitis, acute disseminated infectious
Hypogeusia & Hyposmia (Hint: Check out disturbance of taste and smell)
Ischemic cerebrovascular accident
Hemorrhagic Intracerebral nontraumatic cerebrovascular accident
Acute hemorrhagic necrotizing encephalopathy, post infectious
Lung transplant infection