New ICD-10 Codes for COVID-19 Coronavirus

CDC has issued new documents on ICD10 coding for the current “COVID-19” (nee “2019-nCoV”) coronavirus that first warranted attention in December 2019 in Wuhan, China:

These documents are put into context on CDC’s ICD10-CM page at

CMS has also created a new billing code specific to testing for the COVID-19 virus.  For details see

10/18+ EQRS 2.0 Training, CW Newsletter

CROWNWeb will present an October 18, 2018 training course on EQRS 2.0, and repeat the same course on October 19.  Find more information and register at, and find more information about the new features of EQRS 2.0 on pp.17ff of

The CROWNWeb October Newsletter can be found at  This issue contains articles on the design process for EQRS 2.0, a reminder to keep your facility contact information current in CROWNWeb because it is used in emergencies like hurricanes, ICD-10 code updates, upcoming deadlines, and announcement of an October 25, 2018 CROWNWeb Town Hall meeting.

10/1 ICD-10 Trial Ends

CMS has provided clarification on the October 1, 2016 end of the one-year “trial period” for ICD-10.  During the “trial period,” approximate (for instance, three digits instead of five) codes are not being audited.  After October 1, 2016, all codes submitted must be fully specified.  Details are provided at .  More information on ICD-10 can be found at .

September Network 16 News

We’ve added the September edition of our provider newsletter Network 16 News to the Network website at .  This issues features information about the Network Annual Provider Meeting on October 25th at the Seattle Airport, a short article on the new QIP Heathcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination measure, and notes on ICD-10-CM and on reporting requirements for disruptions in delivery of care.   The “Hot Dates” column includes the October 18 Mid-Columbia Nephrology Seminar, October 23 and November 11 CNSW Chapter Conferences, and the February 27-March 1 Annual Dialysis Conference.  For more information on the Conferences, see our Facility Calendar at .

ICD-10-CM Primary Causes of Renal Failure

CMS has prepared a list of the ICD-10-CM codes that are recommended for use as Primary Causes of Renal Failure after October 1, 2015.  Find the list at

For more information see .

ICD-10 Transition 10/1/15

CMS officially transitions its use of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) from ICD-9 to ICD-10 on October 1, 2015.  For translating old codes to new ones, see the General Equivalent Mapping (GEMs) at .  A downloadable copy of the new Medical Evidence Form 2728 can be found at  .

CMS has recently announced the following…