Insurance coverage and payment for claims often depends as much on the diagnosis codes as the procedure codes reported. And as researchers continue to investigate vaping devices in a search for the cause of vaping-related lung injuries, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided supplemental diagnosis coding information that may help you submit claims for services provided to patients with such injuries.
Specifically, in conjunction with the Oct. 1 annual update to the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM), the CDC has made available a supplement to the ICD-10-CM guidelines for coding encounters related to e-cigarette, or vaping, product use. The supplement offers guidance on how to code patients with the following:
The supplement also discusses diagnosis coding for related substance use, abuse, and dependence and provides guidance on coding patients presenting with any signs or symptoms (such as fever) where a definitive diagnosis has not been established.
Visit the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ 2020 ICD-10-CM webpage for more information on the 2020 edition of ICD-10-CM.
— Kent Moore, Senior Strategist for Physician Payment at the American Academy of Family Physicians
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