Home Health

New code for capturing vaping-related disorders to be implemented in April

Come April, coders will have a diagnosis code to capture vaping-related disorders.

The code, U07.0 (Vaping-related disorder), was established as a new International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) emergency code last year by the World Health Organization (WHO), according to an announcement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) posted Dec. 9, 2019.

WHO created the code in response to instances of vaping related disorders.

CDC is implementing the new code into the ICD-10-CM code set for reporting vaping-related disorders effective April 1, 2020.

The incorporation of this diagnosis code is consistent with the WHO update and certain provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) for diagnosis coding, including the Official ICD–10–CM Guidelines for Coding and Reporting, as maintained and distributed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), according to the announcement.

CDC released guidance on how to code encounters related to e-cigarettes and vaping currently in October 2019.

Industry experts say that while this is not a disorder they expect to see a lot of in home health, they note that it is interesting that the code starts a new letter. Currently, there are no U codes in the ICD-10 code set.

Related links: Full addenda information for the new code will be posted on the following websites: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/icd/icd10cm.htm and https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Coding/ICD10/index. Additional information on the new code can be found on the CDC website at http://bit.ly/2tw00Ai.