Code U09.9, Post COVID-19 condition, unspecified, was created to identify health problems that can last for an extended time (often weeks or months) after the initial COVID-19 infection has resolved, even if the initial infection was mild or asymptomatic. As experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) continue to learn about the short-term and long-term health effects associated with COVID-19, scientific knowledge is evolving. Post COVID conditions (also referred to as “long COVID” or “long-haul COVID”) can refer to post COVID conditions ranging from symptoms such as fatigue or loss of smell or taste, to more serious conditions such as chronic respiratory failure.
Code U09.9 should not be assigned for manifestations of an active (current) COVID-19 infection. Refer to the new guidelines (included in this issue of Coding Clinic) for additional information on the usage of code U09.9. Please be aware that code Z86.16, Personal history of COVID-19, should not be assigned if the patient still has any COVID-19 related manifestation or residual symptoms as the Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting state, “personal history codes explain a patient’s past medical condition that no longer exists and is not receiving any treatment, but that has the potential for recurrence, and therefore may require continued monitoring.”
Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions Regarding ICD-10-CM/PCS Coding for COVID-19 on page 75 of this issue of Coding Clinic that has been updated to reflect the usage of code U09.9.
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Post COVID-19 Condition
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