ICD-10 Updates for 2020
Effective October 1, 2019
For the latest diagnosis codes and guidelines, visit the CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) website Once on the CMS ICD-10 (The International Classification of Diseases 10th Edition) website you can download the 2020 ICD-10 diagnosis code set that goes into effect on October 1, 2019. Since 2016 when ICD-10 became the official code set for the United States we saw several changes to cardiovascular diagnosis codes. No more hypertension table, we now have a new way to code hypertension (I10 I15). We have new diagnosis codes for STEMI/NSTEMI (I21 I22.9), saw a change with the heart failure diagnosis codes (I50 I50.9) and new for 2018 were the myocardial infarction codes (I21.4 I21.A9) broken down by types. With these specific codes we encourage providers, staff, and coders to help everyone code as specifically as possible. Accurate documentation allows a better understanding of the care for the patient and allows a better avenue for the collection of data.
CMS has also released the 2020 coding guidelines for ICD-10. It is a good idea to review the guidelines each year to see if any changes were made.