ICD-10-CM-2020 App

ICD-10-CM is the classification system used to code diagnoses and reasons for healthcare encounters in the United States. The Ascriva ICD-10-CM-2020 app for iPhone and iPad is designed to rapidly find billable codes within this complex structure. The app supports browsing and searching. Easily create a 'Favorites' library of named code groups containing codes that you frequently use. From within the app automatically search the Web for information about an ICD-10-CM code or diagnosis. Since its release in October 2017, the Ascriva ICD-10-CM app has been used in 30 countries around the world.


ICD-10-CM-2020 App Screen Shots


Quickly browse through the ICD-10-CM hierarchy to find billable diagnosis codes. Tap to navigate through ICD-10-CM Chapters, Blocks, Sections and Codes. Billable codes are clearly marked. When you find a billable ICD-10-CM code, view the official coding guidance notes, copy it to the clipboard, share it, add it to your 'Favorites' library or search the Web for more information about that ICD-10-CM code or diagnosis. 


Rapidly search ICD-10-CM using text or codes. The app will automatically cross reference between most commonly used medical words and the terms used by ICD-10-CM. From the search results list you may browse to more specific codes,  view the official coding guidance notes, copy a code to the clipboard, share a code, add a code to your 'Favorites' library,  or automatically search the Web for more information about an ICD-10-CM code or diagnosis.


Easily add ICD-10-CM codes to your 'Favorites' library for future use. Organize your saved ICD-10-CM codes as named groups  (e.g. "Cardiovascular") within the library. View the official coding guidance notes. Share your Favorites or automatically search the Web for more information on any ICD-10-CM diagnosis or code in the Favorites library. Rename, delete or edit Favorites groups. Share your 'Favorites' library with other iOS devices.

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions about the ICD-10-CM-2020 App

  • What is ICD-10-CM?
    • The International Classification of Diseases, Revision 10, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) is a classification system used to code medical diagnoses and reasons for healthcare encounters in the United States. ICD-10-CM is maintained and updated by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) (under authorization by the The World Health Organization) at the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). You can learn more about ICD-10-CM here.
  • How often is ICD-10-CM Updated?
    • The codes are updated annually to coincide with the U.S. Financial Year (FY) that begins October 1. The 2020 version of ICD-10-CM codes are to be used from October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020.
  • What version of ICD-10-CM does the current Ascriva Health Informatics app include?
    • As of October 1, 2019 the app uses the ICD-10-CM 2020 codes - valid until September 30, 2020.
  • Does the App support the April 2020 COVID-19 and Vaping-Related Disorder codes
    • Yes. Version 2.6 of the app released March 30, 2020 supports these codes. The new codes can be accessed by browsing and searching. The associated code notes are also supported.
  • What iOS devices does the ICD-10-CM-2020 app support?
    • The app will install on any iPhone or iPad running iOS version 11.0 or later.
  • Where can I get the ICD-10-CM-2020 app?
    • From the Apple App Store - here
  • Does the ICD-10-CM app support Dark Mode?
    • Yes. Version 2.7 of the app, released May 2020, added support for Dark Mode
  • Is there a comprehensive guide to using the ICD-10-CM-2020 app?
    • Yes. The app contains a built-in quick start guide. Simply tap the help icon at the bottom of the app screen to view the guide or download a PDF version of the guide at the end of this page.
  • How Do I Use the the ICD-10-CM-2020 app?
    • The app has been designed for ease of use. Just use the code browser or the code search feature to find the code(s) that you need. Codes in ICD-10-CM are of 2 types - Billable Codes and Non-Billable Codes. Only Billable Codes can be used for diagnosis and billing purposes. Non-Billable codes are included in ICD-10-CM to help structure the overall coding system. For example, the code 'Type 2 diabetes mellitus with kidney complications (E11.2)' is not a Billable Code. It is included in ICD-10-CM to serve as a parent term for 3 Billable Codes:
      • Type 2 diabetes mellitus with kidney complications E11.2 - Not a Billable Code
        • Type 2 diabetes mellitus with diabetic nephropathy E11.21 - Billable
        • Type 2 diabetes mellitus with diabetic chronic kidney disease E11.22 - Billable
        • Type 2 diabetes mellitus with other diabetic kidney complications E11.29 -Billable
  • How Do I Distinguish Billable and Non-Billable ICD-10-CM Codes?
    • The app does it for you! Billable Codes are always colored Green and Non-Billable Codes are always colored Red. If you have difficulty distinguishing red and green, look for a bullet character "•" just before the code of Non-Billable Codes, e.g. 'Type 2 diabetes mellitus with kidney complications • E11.2'. Only Billable Codes can be added to your Favorites library or exported to other applications.
  • How Do I Search ICD-10-CM using the app?
    • Tap the 'Search' icon at the bottom of the screen. Enter the first few characters of one or more of the words that you are searching for and then tap the 'Search' key on the on-screen keyboard. The App will display a list of matching codes.  For example,  if you want to find codes related to 'Atrial Fibrillation',  type 'atr fib' or 'fibril' and tap the 'Search' key. Word order and case are ignored by the search engine. The search results display both Billable Codes and Non-Billable codes so that you can browse from Non-Billable Codes in the search results to find related Billable Codes.
  • Can I search for an ICD-10-CM Code?
    • Yes. To search for a code, just enter the code. For example to search for the code 'J45.2' enter 'J45.2' and tap the search key. To find all of the codes that begin with 'J45' enter 'J45.' (note the period at the end of the code). If a code search does not find the code that you searched for try entering the code with a period character at the end of the code - e.g. 'J45.2.' (note the period).
  • I didn't find the code(s) that I was looking for when searching. What should I do?
    • Invoke the app's Deep Search Mode by running the search again with a question mark '?' at the end of the query. For example, entering 'rheumatic?' would find codes containing “rheumatic” and 'nonrheumatic'. The app will search for the characters you entered anywhere in it's database. Another option is switching to Browse Mode: find the chapter that you think should contain the diagnosis you are looking for and browse from that chapter through the ICD-10-CM hierarchy.
  • Can I see my code search history?
    • Yes, just tap the magnifying glass icon in the search field to view the most recent 99 search queries that you entered, most recent first. Select a search query from the list to copy it to the search field. Select 'Erase Search History …' to clear the list from the app's database.
  • I Found the Code That I Need. Now What?
    • When you tap on a Billable Code (color-coded green) information about that code is displayed. If you tap on the Share Icon in the top right of the screen you will be presented with options for sharing the code. For example, you can copy the code and then paste it into another app on your iPhone or iPad. You can also send the code to yourself, or someone else, using the Mail or Message apps. You can also add the code to other applications that you have set up to share.
  • What are ICD-10-CM Coding Notes?
    • ICD-10-CM codes may include Coding Guidelines, which we refer to as Coding Notes in the app. These notes are created by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), two departments within the U.S. Federal Government’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The notes are provided as guidelines for coding and reporting using the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM). These guidelines have been approved by the four organizations that make up the Cooperating Parties for the ICD-10-CM: the American Hospital Association (AHA), the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), CMS, and NCHS. In the United States Adherence to these guidelines when assigning ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes is required under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). 
  • Does the ICD-10-CM App Support ICD-10-CM Coding Notes?
    • Yes. As of version 2.4 (released in August 2019) the app displays the official ICD-10-CM Code Guidance Notes for billable codes. Not all codes contain such notes. The app will display the following note types (when available): Includes Notes; Type 1 Excludes Notes; Type 2 Excludes Notes; Code First/Use Additional Notes. These notes are displayed for the ICD-10-CM code being viewed. The app may also display the code notes for the blocks and sections containing the displayed code.
  • Can I Save Codes for Future Use?
    • Absolutely! The ICD-10-CM-2020 app allows you to create a personal library of Favorite codes within the app. Simply tap the 'Add to Favorites' button on the Code Information screen. You will be prompted to add the code to an existing named group or create a new named group. You can create as many named Favorites Groups as  you wish.
  • What Can I Do With My Saved Favorites Codes?
    • Anything that you can do with a found code (see answer above) can also be done with a code that you have saved to your Favorites library. In addition, from the Favorites display you can view the contents of named Favorites groups, rename groups, delete groups and copy saved codes between groups. You can also edit a group to remove codes, if you wish. Groups of Favorite codes can also be shared with others app, sent via Mail or Message, or pasted into other apps.
  • Can I share a Favorites Library with the app running on a different iOS device?
    • Yes, using version 1.2 of the app (or later) you can Airdrop a copy of the app's Favorites library to another iOS device containing the app. You will be prompted to either replace the receiving app's Favorites library with the shared library or merge the groups and codes in the shared library with the groups and codes in the receiving app's Favorites library. See the 'Help' section of the app for additional information about this feature.
  • I previously used Ascriva's ICD-10-CM-2019 app and saved codes to the Favorites Library. Now that I am using the ICD-10-CM-2020 app how do I know that my saved codes are valid 2020 billing codes?
    • Use the 'Verify Favorites library' command in the Favorites Options menu. Select this menu item and the app will verify that all of the codes saved in your Favorites Library are valid 2020 billing codes. Any codes revised in the 2020 version of ICD-10-CM will be updated. Any codes deleted from the 2020 version of ICD-10-CM will be removed from your Favorites Library.
  • How Do I Get Additional Information About a Code?
    • From the Code Information display tap the menu icon in the top right corner of the screen. Select either 'Search the Web for this code' or 'Search the Web for this Term'. The former is usually the best way to get additional information about the use of a particular ICD-10-CM code. The latter option is a good way to find information about the diagnosis represented by the code.
  • Can I See Where a Code Exists Within the ICD-10-CM Hierarchy?
    • Yes! In version 1.0.2 of the app we added a Path icon. Tap it see your location in the ICD-10-CM hierarchy. In the Code Info view tap the menu icon in the top right corner of the screen then select 'View the Path to this ICD-10-CM Code' option. This will display the location of the code within the ICD-10-CM hierarchy. Viewing your location can be a helpful way to learn how ICD-10-CM is structured.
  • Does the ICD-10-CM-2020 App Contain Advertisements?
    • No! We do not use advertising to support the App.
  • Are In-App Purchases Needed to Access Features of the App?
    • No! All features of the app are available to you once purchased from the App Store.
  • I Have a Question That is Not Answered Here. What Should I Do?
Ascriva ICD-10-CM-2020 App Quickstart Guide
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