COVID-19 or Coronavirus Diagnosis Coding


Explore the intricacies of medical coding in the context of COVID-19 with our comprehensive course, 'COVID-19 or Coronavirus Diagnosis Coding.' This course delves into the specifics of diagnosis coding for COVID-19, offering an in-depth understanding of the virus, its symptoms, and treatments. You'll gain valuable insights into the new coding guidelines introduced after April 1, 2020, along with case scenarios that elucidate various coding situations. Covering everything from COVID-19 signs and symptoms to post-COVID conditions and vaccine-related coding, this course equips you with the knowledge and skills to accurately code COVID-19 cases.

Included Lessons:

  • Introduction
  • Signs, Symptoms and Treatments of COVID-19
  • A Word About Code B97.29 VS U07.1
  • Coding for Testing After Exposure
  • COVID-19 With Conditions
  • DRG Assignment U07.1
  • Subsequent Treatment of Diagnosis After Covid-19 Has Itself Resolved (Post COVID Condition)
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Side Effects/Adverse Side Effects
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Status
  • AHA FAQ Examples
  • Laboratory Tests and Telehealth
  • Updated Official Guidelines for COVID Coding
  • Summary
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Key Takeaways 

Overall, completing this course equips medical coders with the knowledge and skills necessary to accurately code and navigate the complexities of COVID-19-related cases in the healthcare industry.  Some key takeaways include:

  • In-depth Understanding of COVID-19: They will have a thorough comprehension of COVID-19, including its origins, modes of transmission, and its impact on the human respiratory system.
  • Updated Coding Guidelines: Coders will be well-versed in the latest coding guidelines related to COVID-19, including the transition from code B97.29 to U07.1 after April 1, 2020, and the importance of sequencing codes correctly.
  • Varied Coding Scenarios: The course covers a range of coding scenarios, ensuring coders are prepared to handle different situations, such as coding for symptoms, testing after exposure, and post-COVID conditions.
  • Importance of Clinical Validation: Coders will understand the significance of clinically validating each condition and the importance of querying physicians when needed for accurate coding.
  • Treatment and Medication Knowledge: They will gain insights into the treatment options available for COVID-19, including antiviral drugs and other therapies, as well as the evolving landscape of COVID-19 medications.
  • Vaccine Coding: Coders will be proficient in coding for COVID-19 vaccine-related scenarios, including adverse effects, vaccine status, and underimmunization statuses.
  • Resource Utilization: They will know where to find up-to-date resources, such as AHA FAQs and official coding guidelines, to stay current in the field.
  • Telehealth and Laboratory Coding: The course provides insights into coding for telehealth visits and laboratory tests related to COVID-19, keeping coders prepared for the changing healthcare landscape.
  • MS-DRG Assignments: Coders will understand the MS-DRG assignments associated with COVID-19, allowing them to accurately assign codes for hospital reimbursement purposes.

Benefits of Taking this Course

  • Enhanced Expertise 
  • Specialized Knowledge in COVID-19 Diagnosis Coding
  • Career Advancement
  • Increased Efficiency and Accuracy


How should we code for COVID-19 testing after exposure?
For patients who undergo COVID-19 testing after exposure or for screening purposes, code what is known at the time of coding. As of October 1, 2023, those tested without symptoms or exposure should be assigned code Z11.52, Encounter for screening for COVID-19.
What is the significance of the code U07.1 in COVID-19 diagnosis coding?
Code U07.1 represents COVID-19 and is used as the principal diagnosis when a patient presents with symptoms or conditions related to COVID-19. Associated conditions are coded as secondary diagnoses. It replaced code B97.29 for discharges on or after April 1, 2020, providing more specific coding for COVID-19 cases.

About our Medical Coding Courses

HIAlearn, powered by Health Information Associates (HIA)—a leader in medical coding and auditing for more than three decades—offers a comprehensive online education platform for medical coders. With a catalog of over 200 medical coding courses accepted by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and a selection approved by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC), HIAlearn caters to both beginners and experienced medical coders seeking to enhance their skills. The platform provides an array of training plans tailored to meet individual learning needs, from mastering challenging coding procedures to understanding broad conceptual frameworks within the coding world. Courses are available across various coding types including CPTE/M, ICD-10-CMICD-10-PCS, and are designed to cater to different coder levels and coding specialties such as inpatientoutpatientprofee, and CDI. Additionally, HIAlearn offers a Coding Updates bundle to ensure coders are up-to-date with the annual changes in ICD-10-CMICD-10-PCSCPT, and IPPS. Beyond individual learning, HIAlearn supports organizations with group discounts, promoting enhanced coding accuracy, efficiency, and compliance across teams. 

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