New COVID codes for January 1st discharges

hi everyone,

from what I can tell from the ICD-10 MS-DRGs Version 38.1 effective January 1, 2021 it shows the assignment of Pneumonia due to coronavirus disease 2019 J12.82 routes to DRGs 193-195.

This DRG group is for simple Pneumonia and currently COVID pneumonia is routing to DRGs 177-179 as Complex Pneumonia.

Am I misinterpreting this? I sure hope so!

Thank you in advance for your feedback,

Alicia Mitchell


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