The following new and revised ICD-10-CM (International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Clinical Modification) codes were effective October 1, 2020, for fiscal year (FY) 2021. ICD-10-CM codes are updated annually. For current updates, see speech-language pathology ICD-10-CM code changes for 2023.
There were 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 new ICD-10 codes related to COVID-19, which were published off-cycle in 2020 and 2021.
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The following new codes were effective October 1, 2020. There were no revised or deleted codes related to speech, language, cognitive, voice, or swallowing disorders for 2021.
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
K20.91 Esophagitis, unspecified with bleeding
K21.00 Gastro-esophageal reflux disease with esophagitis, without bleeding
K21.01 Gastro-esophageal reflux disease with esophagitis, with bleeding
The following ICD-10-CM codes describe conditions related to or caused by COVID-19. They were published outside of the annual update cycle to allow more accurate reporting during the current COVID-19 public health emergency. Consult the medical record or referring physician before reporting a medical diagnosis in addition to the treating diagnosis. For additional details, see FAQs Regarding ICD-10-CM Coding for COVID-19 (AHA).
The following code was effective April 1, 2020.
The following codes were effective January 1, 2021.
J12.82 Pneumonia due to coronavirus disease 2019
M35.81 Multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS)
M35.89 Other specified systemic involvement of connective tissue
Z11.52 Encounter for screening for COVID-19
Z20.822 Contact with and (suspected) exposure to COVID-19
Z86.16 Personal history of COVID-19