COVID Pneumonia as a PDx on a readmitted patient with Negative COVID results
I am wondering if other facilities are running into patients being readmitted into the hospital with COVID pneumonia. At our facility the patient had a recent COVID positive pneumonia (within 1 week of readmission) and readmitted with worsening COVID pneumonia. The provider is documenting COVID pneumonia due to recent COVID. The patient does not have active COVID and the test is negative. COVID pneumonia cannot be coded as PDx and when running through the encoder automatically codes U071 as though the COVID-19 is active. We can manually delete the COVID code but that still leaves us with a PDx problem if the pneumonia was the reason for admission. How would you code this account? What would your PDx be? Would there be a query opportunity?
I am also curious as to what other facilities are seeing as far as how long out from initial COVID diagnosis the patients are before the docs start saying COVID recovered.