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Speech-Language Pathology ICD-10-CM Code Changes for 2021

The following new and revised ICD-10-CM (International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Clinical Modification) codes are effective October 1, 2020 for fiscal year (FY) 2021. ICD-10-CM codes are updated annually. For past updates, see speech-language pathology ICD-10-CM code changes for 2020 and 2019.

There are no major changes to ICD-10 codes directly related to speech, language, cognitive, voice, or swallowing disorders for FY 2021. However, speech-language pathologists (SLPs) should be aware of the new ICD-10 code for COVID-19 (U07.1), which was published off-cycle and became effective April 1, 2020. See: ICD-10 Updates Include New COVID-19 Code and FAQs Regarding ICD-10-CM Coding for COVID-19 (AHA).  

New ICD-10-CM Codes

SLPs may be interested in the following new codes. Consult the medical record or referring physician before reporting a medical diagnosis in addition to the treating diagnosis.

K20.80  Other esophagitis without bleeding
              Abscess of esophagus
             Other esophagitis NOS 

K20.81  Other esophagitis with bleeding 

K20.90  Esophagitis, unspecified without bleeding
              Esophagitis NOS 

K20.91  Esophagitis, unspecified with bleeding

K21.00  Gastro-esophageal reflux disease with esophagitis, without bleeding
              Reflux esophagitis 

K21.01  Gastro-esophageal reflux disease with esophagitis, with bleeding 

Revised ICD-10-CM Codes

There are no revisions to codes related to speech, language, cognitive, voice, or swallowing disorders for 2021.

Deleted ICD-10-CM Codes

There are no deleted codes related to speech, language, cognitive, voice, or swallowing disorders for 2021.

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