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Audiology ICD-10-CM Code Changes for 2022

The following new and revised ICD-10-CM (International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Clinical Modification) codes are effective October 1, 2021, for fiscal year (FY) 2022. ICD-10-CM codes are updated annually. For past updates, see audiology ICD-10-CM code changes for 2021 and 2020.

In FY 2022, audiologists will see new codes for abnormal findings on neonatal hearing screening and post COVID-19 conditions.

Note: Always check with payers regarding coverage of new or revised ICD-10-CM codes. Coding changes may not always alter payer coverage decisions for specific conditions.

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Abnormal Findings on Neonatal Hearing Screening

P09  Abnormal findings on neonatal screening (revised category, do not report on claim)

Includes:  Abnormal findings on state mandated newborn screens
                 Failed newborn screening

P09.6  Abnormal findings on neonatal screening for neonatal hearing loss (new code)

Excludes2: encounter for hearing examination following failed hearing screening (Z01.110)

P09.8  Other abnormal findings on neonatal screening (new code)

P09.9  Abnormal findings on neonatal screening, unspecified (new code)

ASHA Notes

  • P09.6 allows better tracking of referred newborn hearing screenings and supports justification for additional hearing testing.
  • Audiologists can report P09.6 code in conjunction with ICD-10-CM code Z01.110, (encounter for hearing examination following failed hearing screening) and/or specific hearing loss diagnosis codes.

Post COVID-19 Conditions

U09  Post COVID-19 condition (new category, do not report on claim)

U09.9  Post COVID-19 condition, unspecified (new code)
            Post-acute sequela of COVID-19

Note: This code enables establishment of a link with COVID-19. This code is not to be used in cases that are still presenting with active COVID-19. However, an exception is made in cases of re-infection with COVID-19, occurring with a condition related to prior COVID-19.

Code first the specific condition related to COVID-19 if known, such as:

chronic respiratory failure (J96.1-)
loss of smell (R43.8)
loss of taste (R43.8)
multisystem inflammatory syndrome (M35.81)
pulmonary embolism (I26.-)
pulmonary fibrosis (J84.10)

ASHA Notes

  • U09.9 describes patients with a confirmed case of COVID-19 but who are no longer infected (resolved COVID-19). Use this code when there is clear documentation that the hearing or vestibular disorder is directly caused by COVID-19.
    • Clinicians previously used B94.8 (sequelae of other specified infectious and parasitic diseases).
  • Report U09.9 secondary to the treating diagnosis code(s) (e.g., hearing loss).
  • Consult the medical record or referring physician before reporting U09.9 in addition to the treating diagnosis. For additional details, see FAQs Regarding ICD-10-CM Coding for COVID-19 (AHA).
  • There is no time limit on when personal history or sequelae codes may be used.
  • Additional ICD-10 codes describe other COVID-19 related cases, such as patients with a current or recurrent infection, or a personal history of COVID-19. See ASHA’s ICD-10-CM code list [PDF] and the 2021 update for more information.

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