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WCIS e.NEWS No.147
March 26, 2020

New Nature and Cause of Injury Code for COVID-19 Claims Reporting

The Workers Compensation Insurance Organizations (WCIO) has updated the Injury Description Tables that are used by International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC) to reflect specific coding in response to the corona virus (COVID-19). The new cause of injury code 83 (Pandemic) and new nature of injury code 83 (COVID-19) are being adopted by DWC. The WCIS reporting system has been modified to accept the new nature and cause of injury codes for COVID-19 claims.

To report COVID-19 claims, please use the new code 83 (COVID-19) for FROI DN 35 Nature of Injury Code and the new code 83 (Pandemic) for FROI DN37 Cause of Injury Code. The most recent version of the cause and nature of injury codes and part of body code can be found on the WCIO website: www.wcio.org and WCIS website: https://www.dir.ca.gov/dwc/WCIS.htm. If you have questions about how to report COVID-19 claims or the new cause and nature of injury codes, please contact WCIS at WCIS@DIR.CA.GOV or your designated trading partner contact.

WCIS trading partner contacts:

Johnny Lee
email: jblee@dir.ca.gov
phone: 510-286-6772
Trading partner letters A, C, G, I-L, S-V, Z

Elisema Cantu
email: ecantu@dir.ca.gov
phone: 510-286-6763
Trading partner letters B, D-F, H, M-R, W-Y

Antoinette Esqueda
email: aesqueda@dir.ca.gov
phone: 510-286-6773
Medical reports technical contact

Contents of this bulletin do not change existing regulatory requirements; they provide additional or revised detail about the technical implementation of those requirements. All technical changes will subsequently be reflected in other WCIS documentation. Any bulletin can be forwarded as needed, but should be forwarded in its entirety and without modification. If you have received a forwarded copy of this bulletin and are concerned about its authenticity, you can view this and previous bulletins on our WCIS web site: www.dwc.ca.gov/wcis.htm.

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